by Suman Gupta
WIZCRAFT Management Institute for Media and Entertainment (MIME) launched the Global Wedding Academy Executive Programme with EXPLORE – a day-long forum focused on exploring opportunities, ideas and careers in the $350 bn wedding industry. The launch was attended by the leaders and career-mentors in the events and wedding planning business. With more than 25 leading lights holding center-stage through keynotes and panel discussions, EXPLORE turned the focus on the career opportunities in the fast-growing wedding management business. Some of the key speakers include Sabbas Joseph, Founder Director- Wizcraft; Sanjoy Roy, Founder Teamwork Arts and co-chair of FICCI’s creative industries panel; Samit Garg, Founder-Director- E-factor and ICWF, Sushma Gaikwad, Co -Founder-Ice Global; Neha Seth Arora, Founder- Director, Varvadhu; Rakhee Jain, curator and multi-disciplinary stylist; Sheetal Munshaw, Country Director, Atout France; Bejan Dinshaw, Abu Dhabi tourism & Culture Authority – India head; Farhat Jamal, Senior VP- Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Omung Kumar – Designer, Film Director and others.
“The wedding industry is creatively exciting, technically and aesthetically demanding, with a high level of personalisation. The inaugural edition of EXPLORE focuses on the exploding opportunities in the fast-growing wedding industry which is going global. It is important to keep creating multiple platforms for students to interact with leaders of the industry seeking inspiration and mentorship”, said Sabbas Joseph, Founder-Director of WizcraftMIME. The classes will commence this September at the premiere DICE Academy campus, One India Bulls Centre, Mumbai. The Institute has a world-class campus with state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology, and will host the course in a campus environment at the DICE Academy that conducts global education programmes that are affiliated to the world leaders.
Global Wedding Academy carries the industry’s stamp of approval and prestigious certification by the Media Entertainment Skills Council (MESC) to empower India’s workforce with a high standard of excellence and hone them for employment. Add to this, internship opportunities from the most recognised agencies in the business, and one can expect great things from the Global Wedding Academy in shaping world-class talent. “We aim to create a global benchmark through our curriculum. Ours is not your regular classroom-confined academy. We train you practically, holistically and authentically with current trends, technology and world-class best practices,” says Sushma Gaikwad, Director & Mentor, Global Wedding Academy.
The Global Wedding Academy faculty includes Wizcraft founders Andre Timmins, Viraf Sarkari & Sabbas Joseph; life trainer and event industry leader Sushma Gaikwad, wedding industry leaders Neha Seth Arora, Samit Garg, Thanush Joseph, Bhavnesh Sawhney, Farid Khan, Vandana Mohan, Aditya Motwane, celebrity food stylist Rakhee Jain, Aarti Mattoo, Vijay Arora, Rajeev Jain, Mohammed Morani, among others. Global Wedding Academy (GWA) is the place to learn from the masters and get quality training from the best minds in the industry, from both India and around the globe.
“Today, it is in dire need of trained and competent manpower who understand the business, the changing demands of clients and the complexity of the industry. Our blended course will give you just the right amount of exposure to theory, on-site and offsite work internships, and get you ready to face clients in the real world,” emphasises Neha Seth Arora, Director & Mentor, Global Wedding Academy .
The Global Wedding Academy is a hub of holistic development, interactive learning and experiential knowledge whose purpose is to shape the future of the talent, wedding planning industry and wedding experiences. In addition to this, the academy’s vision is to empower students, mentor and groom them to be in-demand professionals.