Leonardo D’Urso is a full-time mediator, co-founder and CEO of ADR Center, Adjunct Professor at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University (Malibu-CA, USA) and member of the Board of Director of the Weinstein International Foundation – Mediating a Better Future. With more than 23 years’ experience in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), he has mediated over 2.000 complex civil and commercial mediations, workplace disputes and facilitated various public dialogue processes. In the field of consulting, his current focus is developing ADR strategic policies for Governments, Ministries of Justice and large organizations and drafting effective legislative frameworks to increase the recourse to mediation and the quality of mediation services. From 2017 to 2019, he has been Scientific Expert of the Working Group on Mediation of CEPEJ at the Council of Europe and currently is in the panel of selected CEPEJ Experts on mediation.
He has been appointed as workplace mediator to resolve high-level managerial disputes within large European public institutions and as independent mediator to facilitate the dialogue among local communities of two countries and a public owned company to resolve an environmental public dispute on the construction of a repository of low and medium radioactive waste.
Since 1998, he has been nominated as team leader and senior expert in several international projects on ADR in Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe. In particular, he has been one of the leading experts in the two-year successful project for the creation of the first mediation center for commercial dispute in Kabul, Afghanistan. The most recent projects aimed to draft mediation legislative reforms and implement capacity building in Azerbaijan, Moldova, Serbia, Oman, Jamaica, Jordan, Turkey, Tunis and Zambia based on the “Italian Mediation Model”.