Saturday, August 9, 2008

About Vijay Eswaran


Vijay Eswaran, the Group MD and CEO of the QI Group of companies, envisioned a dream with his two partners, at the height of the Asian economic crisis, of building a successful organization with a global presence. That dream, is today a reality many times more, as he sits at the helm of the QI group a multimillion dollar conglomerate that today, boasts of nearly three million customers in over 160 countries worldwide and a presence in nearly 30 countries through its various offices and subsidiaries.

In September 1998, Vijay Eswaran, a Malaysian citizen of Indian Origin, co-founded QI Ltd that entered the relatively new medium of e-commerce back then. Ten years hence, the QI group has experienced an explosive growth with businesses that include among other things, holidays, resorts, wellness products, luxury products, telecommunication services, a TV station in UK and partnerships with international organisations such as FIFA, International Olympic Committee, the United Nations- FAO and many more. QI Ltd also has significant investments in several public listed companies, in India and Sri Lanka.

Vijay Eswaran completed his higher education in leading universities in UK and the USA and has an impressive track record of working for top rung companies including IBM, in very responsible positions in the US, Europe, Australia and Canada, before returning to Asia in the early 90s, where he got involved with the network marketing industry and eventually co-founded what evolved into the QI Group of Companies.

His unique management methodologies and a consensus-driven approach to decision making at all levels has helped this unique multicultural organisation, achieve spectacular growth rates in a very short period. In addition to building a multinational corporation, Vijay Eswaran has also established the RYTHM Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the QI group that is involved in philanthropic activities around the world. In Malaysia he has established the Vijayaratnam Foundation in his Father’s honour that helps provide scholarships to needy but deserving students.

In late 2006, he was conferred with the prestigious title of Knight Commander of The Most of The Crown of Pahang, Honorary Distinguished Order Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) by His Royal Highness The Sultan of Pahang, Malaysia in recognition of his contribution to the economic growth of the State of Pahang. This investiture carries the title Dato’, which is a rough equivalent of the Knighthood in UK. In Malaysia and parts of South-East Asia, he is known as Dato’ Vijay Eswaran.

A highly respected motivational speaker, Vijay Eswaran lectures around the world on a variety of subjects ranging from spirituality to business. He has spoken at leading universities, management and business leadership forums. His most recent accomplishment was an invitation to speak at the Commonwealth Business Forum of the CHOGM 2007 in Uganda, where he was also invited to participate in the Heads of Government Round Table meeting. He has also been a panelist at the 6th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the global Indian Diaspora meet in Jan 2008, at the invitation of the government of India.

Vijay Eswaran has recently penned his first book titled In the Sphere of Silence that encapsulates the core of the philosophy he lives his life by. A highly acclaimed book worldwide, hailed by accomplished international authors, the book stands for what the author passionately believes in and promotes. The book has also been translated into German, Dutch, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese and Farsi.

As an individual and as a businessman, Dato’ Vijay continues to change millions of lives around the world through his speeches, his books, his philanthropic activities and his businesses. A global citizen, Dato’ Vijay travels extensively around the world with his wife and lives in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Sydney and London.