Sonia Ambwani

Organization International College of Financial Planning

January 2013–till date

Designation: Academic Associate

Job Responsibilities
  • Developing content related to topics in financial planning. Developed workbooks and textbooks, revised content of various CFPCM certification modules.
  • Teaching CFPCM certification modules to all PGDFP, MBA (Financial Planning) and CFP students.
  • Aid the efforts to maximize the quality of academic delivery by creating & reviewing the existing study material, developing case studies and projects.
  • Responsible for delivering doubt solving sessions to regular students of MBA (Financial Planning).
  • Troubleshooting the academic doubts and queries of regular and distance learning students.
  • Share crucial inputs in strategic meetings to improve delivery to students.
  • Developing case studies and conducting presentations with regular MBA students.
  • Mentoring the articulation club and branding club members.
  • Hiring visiting faculties, conducting and evaluating the demo lectures as and when required.
  • Contributing articles, content, questions and blogs for marketing and social media uploads.
  • Preparing questions papers of various MBA subjects and evaluating the answer sheets.
  • Have compared in various events conducted in ICoFP.
  • Employee of the month – June 2013 and September 2013.
  • Recognised as one of the performers of the company in 2013.


Organization NIIT Limited

August 2012–January 2013

Designation: Instructional Designer—External Consultant

Job Responsibilities
  • Analyzing the learning requirements of the client and developing the online course.
  • Gathering content from the course writer/subject matter expert and creating detailed design using prescribed templates.
  • Preparing instructor guide, syllabus and study guide as per the defined templates and standards.
  • Creating instructionally effective storyboards after extracting inputs from the course writer.
  • Interacting with media and construction team throughout the design and development phase.
  • Reviewing the constructed online course and sharing review comments with the functional team for fixes and closure.
  • Ensuring adherence to delivery schedules and quality processes.


Organization SMC Investments and Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

March 2011–March 2012

Designation: Financial Planning Consultant

Job Responsibilities
  • Formulating detailed financial plans for HNIs by conducting their personal financial review and suggesting asset allocation/products & services as per their financial needs and objectives.
  • Creating and developing qualitative financial plans, within the defined turnaround time.
  • Ensuring all financial plans developed and delivered, are in compliance with the applicable legal and compliance guidelines of the company.
  • Providing support and driving the sales team for sourcing financial plans from their clients.


Organization SMC Investments and Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

December 2009–January 2011

Designation: Product Manager

Job Responsibilities
  • Analysing a client’s financial situation and working towards creating a professional financial plan customized to meet the needs of clients.
  • Analysing various financial products and rolling out the most competent products for the sales team within committed timelines as per legal and compliance process.
  • Provide support to the sales team by creating awareness of the services offered through training, sales enablers, product notes, etc.
  • Created and developed the risk profiling questionnaire and model asset allocation for each risk profile.
  • Coordinating with the legal team to create legal and compliance approved documentation.
  • Monitor market trends and work with Distribution and wealth management teams to recommend new product ideas.
  • Contribute ideas for enhancement of existing products and development of new products.
  • Review and assess market requirements and competitors with regard to new product development; including incorporating ideas from Sales, Fund Managers, etc.
  • Developing and creating marketing collaterals such as corporate brochures, client registration form, global reports, PMS presentations & one pager format for PMS fact sheets & weekly market posts, etc and coordinating with the vendors for designing & printing these marketing collaterals.
  • Introduced estate planning/trust services as part of our product/services suite for the wealth management team.
  • Coordinating with vendor to ensure proper functioning and further development of the financial planning software.
  • Contributing financial articles in the company’s monthly magazine.


Organization Ameriprise Financial Ltd. (Formally known as American Express Financial Advisors)

October 2006–August 2008

Designation: Senior Financial Planning Specialist

Job Responsibilities
  • Accurately analyzing a client’s financial situation and working towards creating a professional financial plan customized to meet the needs of clients based in United States of America.
  • Developing Financial Plans basis understanding investment portfolios using asset allocation tools, rebalancing, risk management and across a range of other financial needs of clients and finalising the deals through remotely located Marketing Advisors.
  • Providing futuristic planning solutions for high net worth clients covering estate and retirement aspects.
  • Mentoring junior analysts to help them develop quality plans and resolve issues.
  • Providing training on the new tools and other financial planning concepts.
  • Taking improvement initiatives in process, concepts and products and training self and juniors.
  • Star of the month, August 2007 for outstanding achievement on all parameters of plan writing and client advisor interaction.
  • Completed successfully the Financial Planning Training Program and attained the ‘Ferrari Award’’ for the Highest Score in Financial Planning Training Tools Assessment.
  • Have been a G1L2 performer throughout my term with Ameriprise Financial.

Educational Qualifications

May 2008 – May 2010 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), ICFAI University
May 2008 – May 2010 Master of Financial Analysis (MFA), ICFAI University
July 2005 – December 2006 Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Financial Planning Standards Board, India
July 2005 – July 2006 Post Graduate in Financial Planning, International College of Financial Planning, New Delhi
July 2002 – April 2005 Bachelor of Commerce (Hon’s.), Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University
2001 – 2002 Class XII (Commerce), Bloom Public School, New Delhi
1999 – 2000 Class X, Bloom Public School, New Delhi

Additional Details

Computer Skills Good Knowledge in MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint

Extra Co-curricular Activities

  • Member of editorial board of the school magazine.
  • Actively participated in debates at interschool level.
  • Participated in speech writing and news reading workshop.
  • Received medals and certificates in sports and academics.