Vija Eswaran of Qi Group

The Malaysian entrepreneur, Vijay Eswaran, currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Qi Group of Companies. After high school, he traveled to London to obtain his higher education. After obtaining ad degree in engineering, he moved to the U.S. for his Master’s. After a few years in the states, he moved back to Asia in 1998 and founded QNET, a direct selling and e-commerce company. In fact, it was the world’s first company to ever combine these two entities. It was almost immediately a huge success and within a year was a leader in its industry in several Asian countries.

Today it puts on a yearly convention that almost always has around 20,000 entrepreneurs in attendance. He then broadened the companies scope and founded the QI Group of Companies. Today Qi Group has subsidiaries in 30 countries around the world. In 2005, he founded the RHYTHM and Vijayaratnam Foundation to help with community development and children with special needs in poor areas of Asia and Africa. In 2011 he also founded Quest International University Perak which was designed to help teach and mentor new entrepreneurs.

Today it is considered the best university of its kind in the world. Eswaran has also written and published three bestselling books on leadership and mindfulness. The university campus has vastly expanded and is basically its own community complete with a variety of businesses and housing areas. Eswaran is a highly sought-after speaker worldwide for groups related to economics, business, and entrepreneurship. Eswaran and his wife, Umayal, are the guardians of his nephew and five nieces.

Eswaran is fighting against the fear of immigration which he says that is really a fear of diversity. This is something, he says, that detracts from the economy. He points to the fact that many of the most successful businesses in the world are also very diverse, multicultural ones.

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