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Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade-long acting career culminating in a role on The Sopranos (HBO), he decided to follow his real passion—by moving to Africa. He now traverses the globe from Tanzania to Thailand as host and producer of Bridge the Gap (PBS), a show in which he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes for a day. Chris 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 chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall. 

Chris has spoken everywhere from Brazil to TEDx to Azerbaijan. He’s a guest author for award-winning publications such as the Huffington Post and Lonely Planet and the United Nations’ “go-to kid” for all things about youth, Brooklyn and cultural exchange. Chris 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.