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Chris Bashinelli

United Nations moderator, TedX Speaker, TV host, National Geographic Explorer, and Eagle Scout

ARE YOU AN ASPIRING GLOBAL CITIZEN?  Bash’s keynotes each embody themes of service, productivity and cultural understanding. He helps audiences realize their potential to become Global Citizens- inspired members of their organization, their family, and ultimately- the world!

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Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash”, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade long acting career including an appearance on the HBO hit television show- The Sopranos, Bash decided to follow his real passion- using media to build bridges between cultures. At 20 years old he traveled to Tanzania to make his first documentary. He now traverses the globe from Uganda to Haiti, as Host of Bridge the Gap, a new television series featured on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, where he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Bash has spoken around the world- from TEDx, to Abu Dhabi, to Azerbaijan- at multi-million dollar corporations, Ivy League Universities, and in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. He has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, and sumo-wrestled heaviest the Japanese human being in recorded history. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP- THE PATH WITHIN A Guide to Realizing your Potential and Contributing to Humanity (Leadership, Inspiration, Service)

STEPS FROM THE STOOP The 3 Simple Steps for Connecting with the “Other” (Communication, Diversity, Inspiration)

CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR WORLD A Unique Approach to Becoming the Person you Wish to Be (Leadership, Inspiration, Service)

IGNORE THE NOISE  Life Lessons for “Ignoring the Noise” and Discovering your Passion (Inspiration, Leadership, Communication)

Guest Contributor for Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, Delta Sky Magazine, American Way Magazine.

I just want to say a big THANK YOU for your great event here at UNC Asheville last week during our International Education Week.  It was inspiring for students to hear your journey and how you are following your dreams and passion in your daily life.
Bonnie P., Director, Study Abroad/Study Away UNC-Asheville

 Thank you so much for speaking at the Cultural Connections Leadership Conference at Texas Woman's University and really connecting with me after. I really appreciated the words of wisdom and advice you had for me.  Phillip, Texas Woman’s University

 “It was such a pleasure to have Chris host and moderate a panel at our flagship conference, YouthTalks 2013, and energize the hundreds of young development professionals at the World Bank and from other organizations around the D.C. community in attendance. He really set the tone for the event, which highlighted the achievements of young leaders around the world who are tackling complex challenges of development, by inspiring the audience with his charisma and positive outlook. The international development community needs more people like Chris: he is passionate, relatable, and dedicated to making the world a better place by inspiring his peers to act on their ideas and see the world through a different perspective.” Jonathan P., Secretary, Youth-to-Youth Community, The World Bank Group

Chris, you did an outstanding job yesterday and appreciate your heart for the value of others.   Every generation of business leadership can benefit from your experience and appropriate the tools you stressed yesterday in making our relationships better. Thanks for your transparency and sharing a deep part of your soul with us.  Dave G., Connecticut Society of CPAs

“Dear Chris, It was such a pleasure to welcome you to the UN on 15 September. Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to volunteer as MC for our annual United Nations International Day of Peace Student Observance. You excelled in the role of MC, connecting so well with the students and ensuring their full participation in the interactive event. Furthermore, you were able to achieve excellent rapport between the students and the UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace who participated in the even that day. Overall, the programme was enhanced by your role as MC. Thank you again and I wish you all the best.” Maher Nasser, Director Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Public Information

 “Dear Chris, Thank you so much for serving as a moderator for the UN International Day of Peace student observance at UN headquarters on September 15, 2011. I very much appreciated not only your renowned energy and enthusiasm, but also the skillful way you wove together the inspiring ideas expressed by such luminaries as Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, and Stevie Wonder so that the young people would actually remember what they said. You made a real difference to every one of the 500+ students in the room, who surely left ready to be ambassadors of peace in the world – just like you! May Peace Prevail on Earth! With gratitude and love.” Deborah Moldow, Representative to the United Nations, The World Peace Prayer Society

 “Bridge the Gap is a great idea, and its need has never been greater.” Ombeni Sefue, UN Ambassador  Tanzania

 “Chris’ project is exciting and helpful to the people of our world.” Princess Mbikusita-Lewanika, Princess and Ambassador  Zambia


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