Leonardo D’Urso is CEO and co-founder of ADR Center, Italy, one of the most respected mediation centers in the world. Since 1998, he has resolved more than 1,000 national and international complex civil and commercial mediations. With twenty years of full-time work in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Mr. D’Urso has been responsible for managing ADR Center’s strategic activities, the opening of thirty-one Resolution Centers in Italy, and the creation of ODR Center, an innovative cloud platform that manages the mediation process.
In 2017, Mr. D’Urso was designated by the Council of Europe as the Scientific Expert of the Working Group on Mediation within CEPEJ (The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice). In that capacity, he is undertaking the Report on the Impact of CEPEJ Mediation Guidelines in the legislations of the 47 CoE Member States and coordinating the draft of the 2018 European Model Law on Mediation.
Mr. D’Urso has managed complex capacity-building projects funded by international donors in Africa, Europe and Central America (Serbia, Turkey, Nigeria, Barbados and all EU Member States and North African countries). He played a key leadership role in ADR Center’s project to establish the Afghanistan Centre for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) in Kabul, and he is currently Team Leader of a promotion mediation project in Azerbaijan. Among the many projects he carried out during the growth of ADR Center, he developed the first multilingual platform to easily manage, from different devices, all documents related to a mediation and arbitration procedure.
Mr. D’Urso holds an MBA in International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A. and an Economic Degree in Italy. He is the author of several books, publications and videos on mediation and ADR and an experienced trainer of mediators and trainer-of-trainers.