Vijay Eswaran is someone who has received honorable mentions throughout the Asian business and philanthropy communities. He has made the lists of 2011 Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy, and has also spoken at Global Indian Business Meet where he won the NGI award for his business expertise and philanthropic activities.

He is the CEO of QI Group, which is a parent company to the multilevel marketing company QNet, as well as QStride, Wawasan QI Properties, and Quex Courier. QI Group has investments in many local health and wellness stores and also sponsors RHYTHM Foundation, a non-profit group aimed at helping children with disabilities, and serving their community’s educational and environmental needs.

Vijay Eswaran wanted to do something to help his country all the way from his childhood through college. He moved around Malaysia a lot due to his father’s job as the Minister of Labor. Eswaran attended the London School of Economics where he studied socio-economics, and he decided to pursue an MBA later.

He spent one year working at various odd jobs trying to save money for his MBA, then finally enrolled at London’s Chartered Institute for Management Accountants and got his certification for specialized marketing.

After completing his MBA at Southern Illinois University, he worked for Synaptics for about a year, but then became interested in pursuing multilevel marketing and decided to join the Cosway Group back in Malaysia.

Vijay Eswaran met Joseph Bismarck in 1998 and together they founded QI Group and several subsidiaries. Eswaran has helped many people go into business for themselves through QI Group’s direct selling companies, but he’s also concerned about the mental and spiritual well-being of others. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran:

He actually believes that spirituality is an important aspect of running a business, and he’s published books on the subject including In the Sphere of Silence, a 2005 bestseller.

He also founded the Vijayaratnam Foundation, a charity group named after his father and of which he and his wife, Umayal are the chairpersons.