Merita Bala (Albania)

Merita Bala is a mediator based in Albania. She has been working in the mediation area since 2002, when she started working at the Albanian Foundation for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation of Disputes (AFCR), a civil society organization established in 1995 focused on the promotion and development of ADR/Mediation in Albania.. She is trained in mediation and conflict management nationally and internationally.

Currently she is a Program Manager/Mediator at AFCR. Merita has contributed to the development and management of programs focused on mediation, restorative justice, and peer mediation. She has also served as a manager and reviewer of the cases handled by AFCR mediators under various projects.

From December 2013 Merita has been involved as mediator/facilitator by the Compliance Advisor  Ombudsman (CAO) of the World Bank Group. She is also part of the mediators’ panel of the ADR Center Global and a part-time lecturer on “Mediation Theories and Practices” at the one-year master course on Conflict Resolution through Mediation recently initiated by the University of Tirana. Merita is a 2019 Weinstein JAMS International Fellow and worked with the UN Ombudsman Office for Funds and Programs as part of the fellowship project.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English-Albanian Translation and Interpreting (2009) and a MA degree in European Studies (2012) from the University of Tirana, Albania.

She is a native Albanian speaker and is fluent in English.