Vijay Eswaran is an accomplished entrepreneur, a global motivational speaker, an author, and a philanthropist. He started his early childhood life in Malaysia where his parents lived and worked. Graduating with a socio-economic degree from the London School of Economics, he had odd jobs experience as a construction worker in Belgium, plucked grapes in France, and a cab driver in London.
These odd jobs did not prevent him from obtaining his accounting certification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in the UK and subsequently his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Southern Illinois University in 1986. Read more: Dato Vijay Eswaran: From taxi driver to worth over $500 million dollars
Vijay Eswaran is the founder and Executive Chairman of QI Group of Companies with various business sectors including wholesale distribution, retailing, hospitality services, education and financial services.
In an interview with ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE, Vijay recounted his challenges as an entrepreneur lasting for long several years. “To me, success is as much interwoven with challenges, just as light is to shadow”, he told his interviewer. Vijay describes an entrepreneur as one who is inquisitive, intense, and intuitive. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://philanthropies.org/vijay-eswaran-2/
Vijay Eswaran is revered for his motivational speeches and lectures that touched the lives of individuals around the world. He gave speeches in major universities, business and leadership platforms and spiritual pulpits. He is an author having written 6 books to his credit and regularly writes informative articles for newspapers in Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
A well-known philanthropist, Vijay Eswaran founded RYTHM Foundation (RF), a division of QI Group to promote the group corporate social responsibility plans around the world. He also established Vijayaratnam Foundation in honor of his father in Malaysia.
His foundations work with local NGOs and other charitable organizations on projects in child and youth development, women forum and special education for disabled persons.
According to QBuzz, Vijay Eswaran was adjudged one of Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy in 2011. He received the lifetime award in Regional Philanthropy for leading an independent think tank Asia Strategic Leadership Institute in Malaysia. He was also conferred with International Leader in Global Business Strategies award by the Global Organization for People of Indian Origin.