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Chris Bashinelli was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade-long acting career that culminated in a role on The Sopranos (HBO), he decided to follow his real passion—he moved to Africa. He now traverses the globe from Tanzania to Thailand as host and producer of Bridge the Gap (PBS), where he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes for one day. Bashinelli has interviewed some of the most influential people on the planet, including NBA Superstar Dikembe Mutombo, the founders of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Dr. Jane Goodall.
Bashinelli has spoken everywhere from Brazil, to TEDx, to Azerbaijan. He is a guest author for award-winning publications such as the Huffington Post and Lonely Planet, and is the United Nations' go-to kid for all things youth, Brooklyn and cultural exchange. He is 25 years old.
Bashinelli will be the keynote speaker at the opening session of the Key Club International convention in Anaheim, California, on July 3, 2014.