Vijay Eswaran is no stranger to change. The founder of the well-renowned QI Group of Companies was born October 7, 1960, in Penang, Malaysia to educated, working-class parents. His mother was an educator, and his father worked with the Malaysian Ministry of Labour, which required the family to travel throughout the country during his childhood.
Eswaran received his degree in socioeconomics from the London School of Economics in 1984. He remained in Europe for a year after graduating college, working odd jobs ranging from farming and construction work to cab driver. He later was employed by Synaptics, a computer hardware company when he was introduced to the binary system of marketing (a method multi-level marketing businesses in which a left and right subtree is used). Driven by the desire to pursue a career in business management, Eswaran obtained his MBA at Southern Illinois University in 1986.
In 1998, Eswaran co-founded the QI Group, global e-commerce conglomerate comprised of a group of businesses in the following areas: travel, education and training, telecommunications, luxury products, health and wellness, and investments. QNet is the direct sales division of the company, with 25 locations worldwide (including Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines).
Eswaran encourages individuals with their career and educational goals through his mentoring, public speaking, and philanthropic efforts. He emphasizes that self-actualization is the key component to goal achievement and uses eastern philosophy as one of the tools. His many endeavors include:
Publication of In The Sphere of Silence, a book on the methodology that combines ancient wisdom with modern practicality (2005)
Publication of In The Thinking Zone, a book of inspirational quotes (2008)
Publication of 18 Stepping Stones, a book describing and 18-step plan to improve quality of life
Publication of On the Wings of Thought, a book of thoughts and reflections on life
Contributions to various newspapers in Malaysia and Sri Lanka
Motivational speaking at leading institutions and seminars (e.g. World Economic Forum, Sixth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, etc.)
Establishing the RYTHM Foundation (Raise Yourself To Help Mankind), a flood-relief project to aid school-aged children
Donations to numerous educational and humanitarian organizations
Eswaran believes that serving others is an element of self-discovery and attributes his success to combining his cultural roots with his keen business skills. He has been the recipient of many awards including the lifetime achievement award in Regional Philanthropy by the Asian Strategic Leadership Institute and was also named by Forbes Asia as one of the 2011 Heroes of Philanthropy. Vijay Eswaran’s Twitter is linked here.