“You have to be passionately obsessed with your dreams to achieve your goals”, said Vishal Aditya Sahoo an alumnus of SAI International School of the batch 2014 in the online SAI Alumni Talk held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 
Vishal Aditya is an education enthusiast, who is currently working as Chief of Staff in ‘African Leadership Academy’, one of the best schools in the world, located at Johannesburg, South Africa. He has an enriching experience as Business Management Consultant at Parthenon for 3 years, serving the education sector in more than 15 countries across the globe. He has also worked directly with the Founder of Ashoka University and Indian School of Business (ISB), Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha, to set up a new education-technology company called ‘Harappa Education’. He has pursued B.Com with honours from the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) and found a place among the top students. 
While interacting with the students of classes IX to XII from SAI International School and SAI International Residential School he laid down four important lesson he learnt from his life ie to have a dream and believe in them, secondly on the power of failure as it teaches, how to be prepared better, thirdly to not be complacent with what you have, strive for more and better and lastly always be ready with a plan ‘B’ to be successful.   
Vishal is an all–rounder, excelling in every sphere like academics, sports and music. He was the CBSE Class XII State Topper in Commerce, the 2nd prize winner in IIMT Oxford Brooks Innovation Challenge, winner of Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Award for Best Documentary in school student’s section, the recipient of Emerging Global SAIoneer Award and many more. He is a keen Lawn Tennis player and an ardent musician, who loves playing violin. The talented boy was the Secretary General of the 1st edition of SAIMUN and the Chairman of UNWIND. A short profile of Vishal is attached to help you know more about him.  

Vishal believes that the enablers of success are parents, teachers and the school and urged the students to always respect them and remember them. He answered to the numerous queries posed at him. The questions ranged from selecting the stream in grade XI to College and also on the National Education Policy 2020.  

He thanked the School and the Founder to have organised such an innovative platform where the alumnus can interact with their juniors and be of some help to them. It creates a great bond between the school, the students and the alumni community, said Vishal Aditya. 
Speaking at the session, Founder and Mentor Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo got emotional at the same time happy to his SAIoneer reach such a height and wished him a very best in his future endeavours. 

 SAI Alumni Talk endeavours to pave a way for interaction between the alumni and the current batch of SAIoneers, to inspire the students to dream big and achieve their dreams. It is a brilliant medium for the students to interact with their seniors and learn from their experiences. They will know directly from them the processes to get into the fields and areas of their interest. These sessions will not only widen their knowledge horizon but also enlighten them about their career prospects. The seniors will guide them on how to pursue their passion and the steps to be taken to achieve your objective. The sessions help prepare them for the future.