World Academy of Design

WAOD is developed by a team of experienced Jewellers who have more than 30 years of experience in multiple domains of the Jewellery Industry. The team has more than 20 International Jewellery Design Awards. The experience and knowledge will be highly beneficial for the budding designers who will join our courses in various disciplines.

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Co-Founder CEO

Mahima Verma

Mahima is a 3D Design Trainer, Diamond Grader, Design developer & AJP-GIA. With a strong experience of winning Awards, designing and manufacturing for 12 years, Mahima has consistently brought passion and dedication with her each day. Her experience makes her a perfect fit as Teaching Head for Academy.

Mahima Verma is the CEO and co-founder of World Academy of Design. A technically skilled Jewellery Professional with a contemporary design aesthetics and clear understanding of fashion forecast, design innovation, practicality and wearability. A passionate Jewellery Designer who has won more than 10 International Jewellery Design Awards. She completed her formal training of Jewellery Designing & Manufacturing from India, Singapore, Lafayette (USA).

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Tarun Jain

Founder & Managing Director

Tarun Jain is the Founder and MD of World Academy of Design. WAOD is an International School of design, official education partner of Gemvision USA & affiliated with International trade organization BRICS Chamber of commerce & Industries.Tarun has established WAOD to develop a world-class centre for innovative Jewellery design and manufacturing in UAE. Utilizing his deep understanding of the international Jewellery industry and passion for education, Tarun is committed to develop the Academy as one stop solution for the Jewellery industry. Various courses and activities will support independent Jewellery designers and develop a strong workforce of Jewellery entrepreneurs. Tarun has also developed a strong network with Jewellers , manufacturers and International Jewellery experts to support the learners of Academy.
Tarun has over 30 years of experience in the precious stones industry, at both a national and an international level. Prior to starting WAOD in August 2020 , Tarun also established Dubai Design Academy in collaboration with DMCC Dubai, Tarun also held senior positions at the Design Academy of India and AV Exports in New Delhi - India. An acclaimed Jewellery designer himself, Tarun is a member of the Director for BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BRICS) for UAE, Director for Middle East region for GJTCI , a leading Jewellery manufacturers council in India, He is also an elite member of  Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC). Tarun is a respected exporter and manufacturer of fine Jewellery for past 30 years, as well as being a qualified gemologist, gem valuation expert, diamond grader, jewellery restoration expert, and CAD jewellery - manufacturing specialist.