Vijay Eswaran on Gender Equity and Impact Investment

Vijay Eswaran is the founder of the QI Group of Companies and the Executive Chairman. The QI Group has headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Eswaran is quite active in the business community as a philanthropist, entrepreneur, international speaker and author. In fact, he has written six books, including one called Two Minutes from the Abyss—11 Pillars of Life Management that was published in 2016. During a speaking tour, Eswaran shared his knowledge on a variety of issues surrounding gender equity at the World Economic Forum. He also spoke on the topic of impact investment at the Concordia Annual Summit.

As a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, Concordia’s Annual Summit facilitated meaningful discussions on global matters. During the event, Eswaran shared his thoughts and ideas on impact investment as it relates to women entrepreneurs, particularly women in East Asian and Indian markets. Eswaran discussed the critical importance of education as it relates to entrepreneurship and business. He also spoke about the disconnect that often exists at Asian universities when it comes to curriculum that is often outdated before students even complete the course. As a result of discussions during the Concordia Annual Summit and the contributions of Eswaran, the QI Group chose to focus on the empowerment of women and students as one of its objectives. Eswaran shared information about the positive impact the QI Group has had on the lives of many as a result of their efforts in academia.

Eswaran also took part in the World Economic Forum along with 700 leaders in business, academia and government from 70 different countries. This conference served to find strategies to support the advancement of women. It included their involvement in education, the workforce, leadership development and compensation. This event involved a taskforce that was focused on finding ways to close the gender gap. The sessions at the conference included a variety of organizations that support women, such as the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women Programme, SheTrades, the Unstereotype Alliance and the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council. Eswaran’s comments during the conference focused on closing gender gaps in the workplace for non-traditional and traditional roles. Eswaran spoke along with a representative from the Council of Women World Leaders.

Vijay Eswaran established Quest International University Perak, a fast-growing university in Malaysia. He is also the founder of Vijayaratnam and RYTHM Foundations. These are organizations that support children with special needs around the world, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East. They also support women empowerment and community development. Another one of his business endeavors is QNet Ltd, which is an e-commerce and direct selling business. Eswaran is committed to using his influence to make a difference in the lives of others.