A lot can happen in 10 years or more and bestselling books that were written that long ago can become forgotten pages over time. But for Dr. Vijay Eswaran, the Executive Chairman of QI Group Ltd. and author of “In The Sphere Of Silence,” that book is as much a part of his conversation today as it was then. Eswaran said he wrote that book to explain why he practices meditation and spiritual observances in the hours before going to work, and even at times during work. He said that the human mind can function better when observing these moments and it allows him to listen better to what others have to say. Eswaran says the book is a great read when you need to break from all the noise and distractions of modern technology.
Vijay Eswaran grew up in Malaysia and is also a citizen of India. He holds a bachelor’s degree in socioeconomics from the London School of Economics where several other big bankers and hedge fund billionaires like George Soros have also come from. He co-founded QI Group Ltd. in Hong Kong in 1998 when he and Joseph Bismark decided to take the direct selling business model into Asian markets where it had been largely unused before. QI Group’s largest subsidiary is QNET which thrives on e-commerce and making sales through independent associates, but it also has credit services and real estate holdings at QI Asset Management and is the main sponsor of QI University. They’ve also started an independent learning program for people aspiring to be QNET associates and want to start their own businesses.
Eswaran has given millions in philanthropy back to the impoverished communities in Asia including funding schools, libraries, public parks and services for special needs children through QI Group’s RYTHM Foundation. His work in philanthropy earned him a spot in Forbes Asia’s 2011 charity list, and he was also recognized for it with the NGI award at the 2012 Global Indian Meet event. Eswaran is also a speaker at several international universities and has been featured as an Asian spokesperson at the annual World Economic Forum event.