Vijay Eswaran recently won GOPIO’s the International Leader in Global Business Strategies award. Eswaran is the QI Group’s executive chairman and co-founder. The e-commerce based conglomerate was founded in 1998. The group of companies have now diversified into direct sales and retail sales and offer education, training, telecommunications, media, leisure, collectables, lifestyle, luxury, property development, logistics and property development products. The QI Group is among the Pacific Rim’s most successful multilevel marketing companies with over one million independent agents.
While Eswaran was completing his advanced studies at universities the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1980s, he learned about and got experience with multilevel marketing. After completing his socioeconomics degree and his MBA, he spent a decade working in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States before returning home to Malaysia. At that point he was given the opportunity to become an entrepreneur and lead his own direct sales company. He agreed and together with a group of like-minded individuals created a direct-selling company that grew to become the wildly successful QI Group.
The multi-business conglomerate was started in the Philippines and now has a presence in almost 30 countries and regional offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand. Now, in addition to his leadership role in the QI Group, Vijay Eswaran is also the author of a series of inspirational books and a well-respected motivational speaker. He has spoken at the CHOGM Commonwealth Business Forums, World Economic Forum events and other business, management and leadership forums. Eswaran has also spoken at a number of leading universities worldwide.
A prominent philanthropist, Eswaran established the QI Group’s corporate social responsibility arm ,the RYTHM Foundation, that does philanthropic activities all over the world. He also founded the Vijayaratnam Foundation in honor of his father. The foundation works with NGOs and a host of other charitable organizations to do special education, women’s empowerment, youth development and child mentoring projects.
His philanthropic efforts have led him to be honored by the Asian Strategic Leadership Institute with a lifetime achievement award for regional philanthropy. Forbes Asia named him a ‘Hero of Philanthropy’.