Vijay Eswaran, a Malaysian entrepreneur and philanthropist, is the founder and Executive Chairman of the QI Group of Companies. The QI Group is a multinational company with numerous interests including real estate, direct selling, luxury and collectibles, training and conference management, telecommunications, lifestyle and leisure, hospitality, education and, retail. The QI Group of Companies is a conglomerate with operations in more than 30 countries across the world.
Vijay attained his university education in London, where he graduated with a degree in Economics. After his education, he relocated to the United States, where he worked for some reputable companies. He worked for IBM as an information systems engineer. While still in the United States, Vijay enrolled in Southern Illinois University and, in 1986, graduated with a masters degree in Business Administration.
Eventually, Vijay Eswaran returned to Asia. In 1998, he set up a direct selling network, which rapidly grew into a market trendsetter in the Middle East, South-East Asia and, Africa. This network has proved beneficial in mentoring many entrepreneurs across the world. Through this network, Vijay has trained and motivated emerging business people in the world’s emerging economies
Primarily due to his love for mentoring and motivating entrepreneurs, Vijay Eswaran established the RYTHM and Vijayaratnam Foundations. The foundations have made a remarkable impact in the global society by working with less privileged communities in Africa, Asia and, the Middle East. Vijayaratnam Foundation works with local NGOs and other like-minded charitable organizations to improve the lives of communities. Among the projects that the foundation has completed include women empowerment, child mentoring, special education and, youth development. Vijay also founded the Quest International University Perak in Malaysia.
Vijay’s work has been recognized severally. In 2011, he was named in Forbes Asia’s annual list of Heroes of Philanthropy for his selfless service to humanity. Asian Strategic Leadership Institute in Malaysia, a leading independent think tank, also crowned Vijay Eswaran with the Regional Philanthropy Award for his endeavor in philanthropy. He was also recognized and awarded by the Global Organization for People of Indian Origin as an International Leader in Global Business Strategies.