Dr. Vijay Eswaran is a Malaysian executive and philanthropist. Eswaran studied at the London School of Economics, graduating with a Social-Economics degree in 1984. He, later, joined the Southern Illinois University where he earned his MBA in 1986. Upon his graduation, he worked for several reputable organizations in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the USA.
In 1998, Dr. Eswaran went back to Asia and, in the same year, co-founded the QI group of companies. QI is a multi-business corporation, dealing with different sectors on Facebook ranging from retail and direct sales, education, hospitality, financial services among others. The group has offices in various Asian countries. In the education sector, the group established a university in Ipoh, a city located to the North of Kuala Lumpur.
Dr. Vijay Eswaran is also a respected philanthropist. He started the Vijayaratnam organization in Malaysia. This foundation was established in honor of Vijay’s father, and his wife, Mrs. Umayal Eswaran, chairs it. The Foundation has made great steps in empowering youths and women. Through the QI Group, Mr. Vijay Eswaran established a social responsibility branch known as the RYTHM Foundation. The Forbes Asia recognized his efforts by naming him as one of the 48 philanthropic Asians.
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Besides entrepreneurship, Vijay Eswaran is a renowned author and motivational speaker. He has four books to his name. These books include In the Spheres of Life, Thinking Zone, On the Wings of Thought, and Stepping Stone. In The Spheres of Life is the most successful of the four, and has been translated into different languages. Vijay has also lectured on spiritual and business matters in some of the world’s most prestigious universities at philanthropies.org/vijay-eswaran-2/.
In his interview with The Entrepreneur Middle East, Dr. Vijay revealed that before establishing the QI group, he felt that he was not exploiting his potential fully by being employed. It is the desire for being independent and establishing a multilevel marketing empire, which compelled him to look for like-minded partners, with whom he started the group.
Asked if he encountered any challenges before making it in business, Eswaran said that with no funding or connections, he had to struggle all by himself. He, however, took these challenges positively. To him, failure is as important as success in the growth of any business.