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Basic Mediation Training – Academics-Mediaton & Negotiaton Experts

Elena Koltsaki and Nana Papadogeorgaki, two of the most recognized trainers in mediation, both in Greece and globally, will head the project as the lead trainers. They are founding members of the Greek Mediation Institute ( - Lawyers, Mediators and mediators’ trainers accredited by the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, with further training in major international institutions and training organizations, certified and accredited by internationally foreign institutions, with world recognition and presence in international conferences and competitions and long teaching experience in Greece and abroad.

Dr. Elena Koltsaki

Lawyer – Accredited Mediator

Accredited Trainer for Mediators

Member of the Mediators’ Accreditation Committee at the Greek Ministry of Justice


7, Tsimiski Str, 54625 Thessaloniki, Greece

T. +30 2310 512900 F. +2310 512612 M. +30 6944 321300



Elena is a lawyer-mediator based in Greece. She holds a PhD Degree, an LLM on Commercial and Economic Law and an LLB degree from the Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has studied European Law at the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

She has been a practicing lawyer since 1996 with long experience in counseling, negotiations and litigation. She has profound knowledge in conflict resolution of commercial and business-related claims and liability matters.

Elena has been an Adjunct Lecturer at the Law Faculty of NUP (Cyprus) and teaches law subjects as an Academic Assistant at Technological Educational Institutes in Greece. She is also a Research Associate of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens and has long experience working as an Expert Advisor to the Hellenic Parliament.

She is an Accredited Civil & Commercial, Family and Workplace Mediator with ADR Group (UK), INADR (USA) and the Greek Ministry of Justice. She has attended the Program on Negotiations at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, Advanced Training in Mediation (MATA (UK) -) and has successfully completed the International Mediation Advocacy Programme (IMAP/ ADRg) in UK. She has also had extensive training on cross border family mediation as well as on peer mediation and negotiations.

Elena is an Accredited Mediators’ Trainer by the Greek Ministry of Justice and an accredited Trainer for Mediators by Toolkit Company (the Netherlands). For two years she has been delivering courses as a trainer at the Mediation Training Institute of Thessaloniki and as a member of ADRg International Training Faculty. She teaches both in Greece and abroad (UK, Cyprus, India) and has trained more than 500 mediators internationally.

She is currently a regular member of the Mediators’ Accreditation Committee at the Greek Ministry of Justice and sits also at the Mediation Committee of the Bar of Thessaloniki. Elena is a founding member and a legal representative of Greek Mediation Institute (GMI), one of the leading not for profit organizations in Greece for the promotion of mediation. She works on several international projects with ADR Center-Member of Jams International and recently obtained a contract to provide mediation training to the Mediators Training Institute of Athens (Bar of Athens).

Due to her experience and expertise, she is frequently invited as a speaker in national and international conferences, forum and workshops and as a lecturer in trainings (Union International des Avocats, European Academy of Law, IHU, ALBA, American College of Thessaloniki). Elena participates regularly as a Professional Mediator and a University Coach in International Competitions (ADRg–Oxford, InADR-Chicago /London, ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, Paris) and she recently won a prize for her team of law students of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in a mediation competition in London.

She works in Greek, English and French and has a good understanding of German and Spanish.


Lawyer – PhD Candidate

Accredited Mediator

Accredited Trainer for Mediators


34, Fragogianni Str, 15669 Athens, Greece

T. +30 210 6548751 F. +30 6977714424



Nana is a lawyer, practicing Law as an independent or in-house legal advisor and holds an LLM Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a postgraduate degree in “Business Studies for Lawyers” from ALBA, Athens.  She is also a PhD candidate at the Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, working on the “Resolution of conflicts in the business environment through mediation”.

In addition to her experience in counselling and litigating, she has gained specialization in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Nana is a Mediator (Civil & Commercial, Family, Workplace, School, IMAP, ODR) accredited in the UK, the USA and in Greece and an accredited trainer for Mediators (Toolkit Company - the Netherlands) at the Prometheus Training Institute, in cooperation with the Athens Bar Association & ADR Center (Italy).  She has received advanced mediation training through the programs of MATA (UK), Harvard Negotiation Institute - Harvard Law School (USA), School Mediation (PMC - Dr. Jamie Walker) and International Mediation Advocacy Programme – IMAP (UK). She is a founding member of the Greek Mediation Institute – GMI, a non-profit organization, the purpose of which is to spread the idea of Mediation and to provide experience in the area of ADR.  Since April 2013 she has delivered training to more than 400 lawyers and other legal and non-legal professionals, in Greece, Cyprus, the UK and India. For three years she has been a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Greek Ministry of Justice.

Nana participates in presentations, seminars and mediation simulations for educational purposes (Bar Associations, Chambers, Schools, Municipalities, ALBA Business Graduate School), gives lectures on mediation in Greece and abroad (UIA, ERA) in order to promote awareness among law professionals and citizens and she has taken part as a speaker or presenter in numerous national and international Mediation conferences and as a judge in competitions.

Leonardo D’Urso

Leonardo D’Urso is the CEO and co-founder of ADR Center. He is an expert on managing business negotiations, creating Conflict Management Systems (CMS), and mediating complex commercial disputes. He is responsible for the high quality and constant improvement of “case management” for the national and international mediations and arbitrations administered by ADR Center, as well as the firm’s On-Line Dispute Resolution program. He has conducted numerous international business negotiations as team leader negotiator on behalf of a variety of clients, while his mediation experience includes numerous complex commercial, construction and insurance disputes, most of which involving foreign parties. Furthermore, he has trained and coached teams of managers before and during important negotiations. Since 1998, has been lecturing on Negotiation Techniques and Alternative Dispute Resolution at a number of Universities, Chambers of Commerce, Public Organizations and multinational corporations. He is also author of several publications on negotiation and mediation.

Giuseppe De Palo

President of ADR Center, he began his academic career in Italy and became an International Professor of ADR Law and Practice at Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, USA). He is the editor, author, and co-author of several books and articles on ADR. Since 2009, he has been the co-editor of Worldly Perspectives, a monthly column in CPR’s ‘Alternatives’ newsletter. He is also a member of the board of editorial advisors of the ‘Negotiation Journal’, published by Harvard University. His latest book is ‘EU Mediation Law and Practice’, co-edited with Mary Trevor and published by Oxford University Press (Nov. 2012). Over the last ten years, he has been the team leader for several multi-million euro consulting projects to foster ADR on four different continents. Currently, he chairs the board of ADR Center, one of Europe’s largest private ADR firms. A mediator since 1998, De Palo has contributed to the resolution of over 400 commercial disputes. In this role, he has worked with hundreds of lawyers and negotiators from all over the world.

Adi Gavrila

Mr. Gavrila is a well-known Romanian mediator with over 10 years of experience in mediation and training and holds several senior positions in Romanian Mediation Organizations. He is referred to as an international mediation and training expert and has been the speaker at mediation conferences in Romania, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, France, Croatia, UK, and United States of America and trained hundreds of lawyers and judges in Mediation. Mr. Gavrila has previously worked with the Romanian Employment Agency to design and implement a conflict management system as part of a three year EU funded project that involved training of hundreds of mediators, as well as Lead a five-year pilot project, funded by the US Embassy in Romania to train five hundred lawyers. In 2009 he was awarded with the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) International Development Committee’s 2009 Outstanding Leadership Award, in recognition of his work done to advance alternative dispute resolution in Romania.

Bruce A. Edwards

Bruce A. Edwards, Esq. is one of JAMS founding partners and most experienced attorney mediators. He has served as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master since 1986.  During that time, he has developed extensive expertise in handling complex, multiparty cases with emphasis on construction, engineering and infrastructure, business, employment, and traumatic personal injury matters. He frequently writes and teaches about the benefits of ADR throughout the United States and Western Europe. He mediated over 4,500 disputes throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico since 1986; disputes have involved a wide variety of legal issues including construction, engineering and infrastructure, personal injury, healthcare, employment, business, professional malpractice, mass tort, and insurance coverage

Timothy Hedeen

Dr. Hedeen is a Professor of Conflict Management and serves as University Ombudsman at KSU. He provides mediation services through court and private programs, delivers trainings in the areas of conflict resolution and communication, facilitates group and public policy decision making and planning, and conducts research and evaluation on dispute resolution and justice policy. He serves on the editorial boards of Conflict Resolution Quarterly and Family Court Review, and is appointed to the Commission on Dispute Resolution of the Georgia Supreme Court. He is a senior consultant to the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, a former member of the Section Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution, and a past chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Community Mediation.

Ken Fox

Mr. Fox is a longtime university professor specializing in international negotiation and mediation. Mr. Fox has extensive international teaching experience, including working the Hong Kong Shue Yan University to develop an International Business Negotiation Certificate program in addition to international experience in Europe and Turkey teaching mediation and negotiation.

Patrick Van Leynseele

Member of the Brussels Bar since 1979 and of the Bar of New York since 1997, Patrick Van Leynseele graduated from the Free University of Brussels and holds a Master of Comparative Law degree from the University of Miami (1979). He pioneered civil and commercial mediation in Belgium and has more than 150 mediations under his belt, both in Belgium and abroad.  He is described by his peers as "the Pope of mediation” in the 2012 issue of Chambers Europe and as a lawyer who is "highly visible” in these areas. Patrick Van Leynseele is involved in arbitration, advising parties or arbitrating. He is an accredited arbitrator with several international arbitration centers. Patrick Van Leynseele’s practice has been centered around general corporate work, M & A, venture capital investments, joint ventures etc., both as an adviser, a negotiator and a dispute resolution expert.

Rachele N. Gabellini

Lawyer specialized in civil, commercial and employment alternative dispute resolution. After a five year experience as senior associate at Baker & McKenzie law firm (Rome and London offices), from 2009 she is mediator and trainer of ADR Center and partner at Studio Legale Gabellini (Rome, Italy). From 2014 she is in charge of ADR Center’s Office in Civitavecchia (Italy). Her mediation training experience includes conducting numerous complex local and international, commercial, civil and employment mediation sessions. Since 2009, she has been teaching  mediation, negotiation and contract law for Italian and foreign universities among which LUISS Guido Carli (Italy), Università di Torino (Italy), Ankara University (Turkey) as well as multinational companies such as Finmeccanica, Selex, General Electrics, Bank of New York Mellon. Rachele Gabellini is the author of many articles about mediation, published on the online magazine “Solutions” of ADR World, as well as co-author of the book “The Role of the Lawyer in Mediation”, edited by Giuffrè (2011).

Andrew Hildebrand

Andrew Hildebrand Andrew is a mediator and lawyer, with a proven commercial track record solving commercial disputes and brokering deals.  He has over twenty years’ extensive business experience, both in the UK and internationally and understands commercial issues from a variety of perspectives.  He has worked on both sides of the fence, for example as buyer and as seller, has run in-house legal departments and been a partner at a leading law firm.  He knows what being in litigation (and mediation) feels like when it is your business.

Dr. Greg Bond

Born in 1963 in Manchester, England. Mediator (MA, Master’s in Mediation at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt / Oder. PhD in German literature. Mediation trainer, work on the International Commercial Mediation Competition with the International Chamber of Commerce Paris, ICC working groups member. Advisory Board member at AMATI, Association of Mediation Assessors, Trainers and Instructors. Member of the Mediator Pool of the Federal State of Brandenburg, Germany. Former board member, Verein zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Praxis der Mediation. Lecturer at the Technical University of Wildau since 1994, teaching negotiation and mediation, communication, legal English. Broad international experience, including in the USA, China and Russia. Bilingual English and German.

Christopher J P Miers

Christopher Miers is Chartered Arbitrator, Mediator, Adjudicator and Dispute Board Member and a Chartered Architect. He is the CEO of ‘Probyn Miers’, the leading Architects in Forensic Analysis and International Dispute Avoidance and Resolution with offices in London and Dubai. Regularly instructed in respect of the avoidance and resolution of construction disputes. Experienced in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, CIS, Europe and the Middle East and regularly working in Latin America.

Janie Clement – Walker

Janie is a CEDR accredited mediator and a lecturer In Law at the University of Kent, UK. She is specialising in Alternative Dispute Resolution and has developed, introduced and convene the Negotiation and Mediation modules to 2nd and 3rd Year Undergraduates. She organises the Internal International Negotiation competitions.  In 2013 she was awarded a prestigious University of Kent Social Sciences Teaching Prize. In 2015 she coached the UK National Negotiation winning team who will now represent the UK in the International Negotiation Competition.


Marcello Marinari

A retired Italian judge, he is the Head of the Secretariat of the State’s Undersecretaryship for Justice in Italy and member of the Italian Ministry’s Executive Office, Coordination Service for International Affairs. He was the Counsel in charge of the civil service at the Milan Court of Appeals and then, in 2008, he was appointed as President of the Montepulciano Tribunal. He was the President of the Institutions’ Committee for the Development of the Conciliation (CISCON), promoted by the Milan Court of Appeals and other districts’ institutions. He has conducted numerous research activities in Comparative Law at the English and French criminal judicial offices and he has participated in various seminars on ADR at the Federal and State Courts of California. In May of 2007 he acted as a Lecturer in the IV module of the second level Master in “Conflicts’ management and resolution. Legal framework, relational theories and ADR techniques”, at the Law Faculty of Roma Tre University (Italy), and he was a trainer for many other ADR courses. He is the author of various ADR publications.

Ivan Verougstraete

Ivan Verougstraete was former first president of the Belgium Supreme Court in the heart of the EU, in addition to being the former president of the BENELUX Court and of the Belgian Competition Authority. As a former judge, Judge Verougstraete is perhaps the best person to interact with the judiciary, who may be resistant initially to such a center, especially in his capacity of former President of GEMME, the Association of European Judges for Mediation. Judge Verougstraete will be able to explain and promote the benefits of mediation and the ACDR from a judge’s perspective.

Alan Limbury

Alan has been mediating since 1986 part time and since 1996 full time, with wide experience as sole mediator in over 2,000 commercial and intellectual property disputes of all kinds in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, in which parties are legally represented. He adopts a proactive idea-generating role, including proposing solutions and settlement options. He was described in the 1996/97 edition of Legal Profiles as ‘the leading practitioner’ in ADR in Sydney; by The Times of London in June 2007 as “the leading Australian mediator”; and by Who’s Who Legal 2014 as “one of the 10 most highly regarded commercial mediators in the world”. Alan also has experience in assisting companies to devise negotiation strategies and to prepare, together with their in-house and external lawyers, for negotiations to resolve long running litigious disputes, such as class actions.

Willie Pienaar

Willie Pienaar has over the Last 20 years devoted his energies and expertise towards growing the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in South Africa and on the African Continent. He is a qualified and admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and Obtained his BComm and LLB Degrees from the University of Stellenbosch in 1986. He also holds a postgraduate diploma from the University of Stellenbosch Business School in Industrial Relations. Mr Pienaar Is an international accredited mediator and is also a qualified arbitrator

Chris Honeyman

Chris Honeyman is the managing partner of Convenor Conflict Management, a consulting firm based in Washington, DC and Wisconsin. He has served as a mediator, arbitrator and as a consultant to numerous academic and practical conflict resolution programs in the United States and abroad.

Apostolos Anthimos

Dr. Apostolos Anthimos has more than 10 years of experience in working in the judicial field in coordination and managing positions. He holds PhD in Law and since 1995 he is an Attorney at law in Thessalonki. Since 2006 Mr Anthimos is a Panelist of the Czech Arbitration Court responsible for dispute solutions and mediation between parties. In 2005 Mr. Anthimos was appointed to the position of member of the Committee for Vocational Training of Lawyers, responsible for development of training curricula and schedules of training activities for the Bar members. Dr. Anthimos has also been a lecturer at the Greek National School of Judges since 2004.  Dr. Anthimos has extensive experience participating in EU projects related to the Judiciary. Over the past ten years he participated in a large number of EC-funded legal projects on European Judicial system in Slovakia, Bulgaria, Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina, Romania, West Bank, Turkmenistan and Ethiopia. Currently he is involved in support to the Vietnamese Judicial Academy as a Legal Training Expert. Mr. Anthimos is well-experienced in preparation of training materials and training delivery on judicial cooperation legislation development.

Georgia Kouvela - Piquet

Georgia Kouvela –Piquet is based both in Athens and Paris, as she is a registered member of the Athens Bar since 1996 and a registered member of the Bar of Paris since 1998. She is also one of the founders of the International Network of lawyers “EURONOMOS”.

She holds an LLM Degree in International and European Law (Universite Lille II) and is a leading expert on advising and representing companies on international commercial related issues. Since 2000 she has been actively involved with dispute resolution by representing clients in mediation in international disputes. Due her practical experience in mediation and her academic background she is very frequently invited as a speaker in seminars and conferences as well as in tv interviews on dispute resolution.

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