Vijay Eswaran is the founder and CEO of QI Group, chairman of the QI Group Foundation, and author of “The Golden Key”

Vijay Eswaran is a high-profile entrepreneur. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of QI Group, which has over 180 companies operating in more than 100 countries worldwide. A devoted philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Mr. Eswaran has been honoured with numerous awards for his pioneering work in raising living standards in developing countries through economic growth conducted while respecting local values. One such award was from the prestigious BRIT Awards where he was awarded the prestigious title as Greater London’s Most Admired Person 2008. He has authored “The Golden Key”, a book on the Indian Ocean economy, and has contributed articles on economic growth in developing countries to various journals. More details are available on Vijay Eswaran’s Twitter

Eswaran has helped create one of the largest and most successful business ventures in the world, simultaneously driving economic growth and creating opportunities for people living in developing countries. He has been profiled in The Economist, The Guardian, Financial Times, and The Straits Times as well as being interviewed extensively by BBC World Service and CNN.

A much-cited and popular entrepreneur locally, Mr. Eswaran has been named “Most Admired Person” for Greater London for the years 2008-2010. He was also awarded a TB award by the Prince of Wales International Business Awards (UK), second only to Albert II of Monaco who received two awards that year.

Known for his charismatic personality, Eswaran has spoken at the SME Summit conference of the Commonwealth Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CASE) in Mauritius, the Royal Society of Arts, and other forums. Mr. Eswaran is an elected member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Global Financial System and a Junior Advisory Board Member on the WEF’s Management Board.

Vijay Eswaran has contributed articles to various prominent financial journals including “The Economist”, “Financial Times”, “The Guardian” and others.