Vijay Eswaran is a pillar in his business community. He built a company, QI that has helped many people start their own businesses, and has been a catalyst for philanthropy.
Eswaran started this company back in 1998 when he and Joseph Bismark wanted to make a difference with both business and charity work and promote health and nutrition products across the world. QI Group is primarily based in Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and Singapore but its had a wide reach to countries all over the world.
According to MIM Nation, Vijay Eswaran grew up in Malaysia and his father is a former member of the government’s Ministry of Labor. Eswaran’s mother was a teacher and she encouraged Eswaran to do well in his studies.
When he was old enough he got accepted to the London School of Economics where he received a bachelor’s degree in socio-economics.
He wasn’t sure at first what he was going to do with it, and for about a year after completing his undergrad term he did odd jobs from grape harvesting to cab driving. He was able to save enough for grad school and got his MBA from Southern Illinois University.
He started off as a marketing consultant for several companies but then got the idea to go into multilevel marketing, and so the idea for QI Group was started upon his return to Malaysia.
Eswaran’s philanthropy has been accomplished primarily through RYTHM Foundation, but he also started a charity of his own called the Vijayratnam Foundation. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://www.qigroup.com/about/leadership/leadership-2/
Eswaran is also a member of the World Economic Forum where he has gone to speak on various topics affecting the Asian business community, and he also attended the 2012 Global Indian Business Meet where he got the NGI award for excellence in both business and philanthropy. Read more: Vijay Eswaran in Forbes Philanthropy Heroes list
He is also a spiritual person and follower of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings about peace through listening and respecting others, and he practices various rituals each day before or in between tasks. He’s authored several books about the importance of spirituality in leadership including In The Thinking Zone and 18 Stepping Stones.