QI Group was founded in 1998 by Malaysian businessman Vijay Eswaran. QI Group is centered around its e-commerce site and uses multilevel marketing to sell its products throughout most of Asia. The company is based in Hong Kong and maintains offices in Thailand, the Philipines, Singapore, and Malaysia.
QI Group has several lines of business that it offers to customers. These are lifestyle & leisure, telecommunications, logistics, hospitality, property development and management, luxury, education and training, and its e-commerce website along with retail and direct sales.
Vijay Eswaran serves as the Executive Chairman of QI Group. In 1984 he earned his Socio-Economics degree from the London School of Economics. He also holds an MBA, earned from Southern Illinois University in 1986, and has a professional certification from CIMA in the United Kingdom. It was while he was at Southern Illinois University that he learned about multilevel marketing, a concept he continued to explore after moving back to his native Malaysia.
In addition to his work with QI Group, Eswaran is a highly sought after motivational speaker. He has covered a wide breadth of subjects during both motivational speaking and performing lectures. He has spoken at business and leadership forums, college campuses, and World Economic Forums.
Eswaran has written a number of books detailing his business philosophies as well as his outlooks on life in general. He published his first book in 2005, “In the Sphere of Silence”, where he writes about his belief that every day should start with an hour of silence. His last book was a collection of photography, “On the Wings of Thought”, and was published in 2011.
QI Group has a social responsibility arm that is called RYTHM Foundation. This foundation contributes to the health, well-being, and education of disadvantaged children throughout Asia. Vijay Eswaran also started a Malaysian nonprofit he named after his father, the Vijayaratnam Foundation. This foundation has created several initiatives in Malaysia designed to help children, with an emphasis on adolescent girls who experience poverty. The foundation created a series of camps for these girls that is designed to empower them.