Malaysia is known to be a global business hub that is home to several notable companies. Vijay Eswaran is one of the best businessmen that Malaysia has to offer. The executive, tycoon, and motivational speaker is the founder and current boss of the QI group of companies centrally located in Malaysia. Read more: Five Minutes With Dr. Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman, QI Group of Companies
The QI group of companies is a conglomerate of companies traversing multiple sectors, including luxury and collectibles, education, training, direct sales, telecommunications, property development, logistics, and conference management.
The QI group boasts one of the Malaysian entities with a presence in more than 30 countries through subsidiaries. However, most of its operations are concentrated in Thailand and Hong Kong.
Vijay Eswaran is native to Malaysia, but he has worked and studied broadly abroad. He is an alumnus of leading universities in the U.S and the UK. Eswaran has worked for IBM in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Australia in various executive positions.
It is while working at IBM that he fine-tuned his leadership and management skills. In the year 1998 after working at IBM for over a decade, Vijay decided to venture into entrepreneurship.
He together with a group of other aspiring entrepreneurs started a direct selling company that has grown to what is the QI group today.
Eswaran is also a prominent philanthropist who believes in giving back to the community. Through the rhythm foundation, he has undertaken numerous philanthropic projects globally. The RYTHM Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of the QI group.
Most of his philanthropic activities are based in his home turf Malaysia. Here he has established a local chapter of the rhythm foundation known as the Vijayaratnam Foundation.
The Vijayaratnam Foundation was established in honor of his father. It works with local NGO’s to help vulnerable groups in the country. It has funded various projects in children, youth, and women empowerment in Malaysia. It is currently undertaking a mega special education project aimed at making special education more accessible to poor children across Malaysia.
His philanthropy efforts have earned him several awards, including a recent lifetime achievement award in regional philanthropy. Through his efforts, he also earned a slot in the 2011 annual Asian Annual list of Heros of Philanthropy.
Eswaran is also a talented motivational speaker. He gives lectures and speeches in business and leadership forums and universities across the globe.
He has spoken on various local and international forums, including the Commonwealth Business Forum and World Economic Forum. He speaks on various topics ranging from spirituality to business.
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