Speakers and moderators

Russ Hedge

Management Board Chair, WYSE Travel Confederation

Russ Hedge has served the youth travel sector for over 30 years. In March 2019 Russ was appointed Chair of the Management Board at WYSE Travel Confederation, playing a vital role in working with sector panels to represent the diverse interest of members and set the strategic direction of WYSE Travel Confederation.

Russ’s career with Hostelling International USA (HI USA) began in 1985 when he served as a volunteer to help develop what is now the HI Washington DC hostel. He went on to serve as the Executive Director of HI USA’s Washington DC-area chapter before becoming the Chief Operating Officer of HI USA, then President and CEO in 2000.

Why attend

  • Over 450 attendees from the global youth and student travel industry
  • 150+ pre-selected buyers
  • Pre-scheduled business appointments
  • 92% senior management attendees
  • Industry educational session