Vijay Eswaran, Co-founder, QI Group of Companies

Vijay Eswaran is the co-founder of QI Group of Companies where he also serves as the Executive Chairman. In 1998, Eswaran together with others founded the QI Group which began as an e-commerce based conglomerate. These businesses include direct sales, telecommunications, luxury, training and conference management, lifestyle and leisure, logistics, and much more.

Eswaran graduated from London School of Economics (LSE) with a socio-economics degree in 1984. His impressive track record involves working with top rated companies such as IBM, various positions in Europe, USA, Canada, and Australia. He, later on, returned to Asia in the early 90s where he switched to entrepreneurship.

Working with like-minded individuals, he founded a direct selling and training company which has currently grown into a multi-business conglomerate popularly known as QI group. The company has been in business for almost 18 years and has managed to open branches in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Its presence in the market has been felt in close to 30 countries through a broad spectrum of subsidiary companies.

Besides business, Eswaran is a highly esteemed motivational speaker who lectures across the world on many topics ranging from business and social matters. He has been called upon to speak in top universities, leadership forums, and management summits. They include World Economic Forum, Commonwealth Business Forums and much more.

Furthermore, Eswaran is a prominent philanthropist. He established the RYTHM Foundation, which is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of his QI Group company that runs philanthropic activities in various countries across the world. Additionally, he established RF’s local chapter, Vijayratnam Foundation – specifically in his late father’s honor. The foundation works closely with local NGOs and various charity organizations on multiple projects related to youth development and mentoring, special education, and women empowerment.

Vijay Eswaran has appeared and mentioned in Asia’s Philanthropy figures by Forbes in 2011. He won the lifetime achievement award for Regional Philanthropy recently given to him by Asian Strategic Leadership Institute in Malaysia. He was also awarded the International Leader in Global Business Strategy award handed to him by GOPIO.

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