Vijay Eswaran: Entrepreneur, Philosopher, and Humanitarian

Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, humanitarian, author, and economist are the titles by which Vijay Eswaran can be defined. In1984 the Malaysian born Eswaran received a Socio-Economics Degree from the London School of Economics. In 1986 he earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University.

After living as a citizen of the world for over a decade Vijay Eswaran returned to Asia. Ten years ago he co-founded what would become QI Group. Headquartered in Hong Kong QI’s holdings encompass a variety of industries including travel, telecommunications, health, and venture capital.

Vijay Eswaran has authored five books. The first, “The Sphere of Silence” is an outline of his life and business philosophy. His other works include “The Thinking Zone”, “18 Stepping Stones”, and “Wings of Thought”.

His latest book “Two Minutes From the Abyss” is a motivational treatise. The basic premise is that life is short and if we wish to improve our lives we need to start sooner rather than later.

Part of Vijay Eswaran’s motivational philosophy is the idea that our fears if managed, are motivators that lead to success. His advice is to face the thing you fear the least and work-up to facing your greatest fear. In short, fear should energize not immobilize you.

For people in leadership positions, Eswaran espouses the “5 C’s of Servant Leadership”.


  •  Care-Be good to your subordinates.
  •  Clarity of Vision-Fully understand your vision before relating it to others.
  •  Core Values-Remain true to what you know is right.
  •  Commitment to Growth-Help your subordinates grow professionally and personally.
  •  Create a Will to Sacrifice-Accept the sacrifices that come with leadership and lead by example.

To honor his father’s memory and continue his humanitarian efforts Eswaran founded the Vijayaratnam Foundation. To foster community wellbeing and development the foundation supports environmental and cultural causes. Special needs children also benefit from the foundation’s efforts.

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  1. Eswaran also lists the four stages of learning and describes impediments to learning like ego. The eleven stages of conflict resolution are also covered. Vijay Eswaran’s humanity was instilled by his father Vijayaratnam Saravanamuthu. It is true that Vijay may not allow that happen but I think cardinal could have these things done swiftly for them which may not be that easy given that they already had everything under control.

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