The QI Group of Companies is a diversified multinational corporation that focuses on merging direct selling with e-commerce in various business operations such as education, hospitality, retail and financial services. Co-founded by its executive chairman Dr. Vijay Eswaran, QI has office locations in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines and it has a presence in thirty other countries. Dr. Eswaran was placed on the Forbes Asia Heroes of Philanthropy list in 2011 and the Malaysian Business Awards awarded him with the CEO of the year in 2013.
Philanthropy and corporate social responsibility is an important part of Dr. Eswaran’s business. He stresses environmental conservation by instituting a green company policy by putting into place practices such as going paperless, using solar energy on the buildings his business operates out of and recycling. Dr. Eswaran created two foundations, Vijayaratnam and Raise Yourself To Help Mankind (RHYTHM). The Vijayaratnam Foundation focuses on working with children and teenagers, especially girls, who come from underprivileged backgrounds. This foundation sponsors a school called Taarana which is a school for special needs children. The RHYTHM Foundation focuses on community development and wellbeing. It has formed partnerships with community outreach programs and schools such as the UN World Food Program, the Bangkok School for the Blind in Thailand and the School of the Deaf and Mute in Kazakhstan to name a few.
Ten years ago, Dr. Eswaran published a book titled The Sphere of Silence in which he discusses his experiences with Hindu and yoga concepts and how they relate to leadership, management and achievement. He feels that technological distractions are preventing people from reaching their full potential. In order to reach their full potential, people should practice silence and seek places where they will not be distracted because silence helps people to recognize who they are and the special skill sets they have. Silence helps people to recognize and achieve their goals, have better decision making skills and helps to provide them with an incentive to help others. Dr. Eswaran gives many training conferences for his company and is a frequent guest speaker for other groups and organizations where he regularly talks about the importance of seeking silence.