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Radha Basu

Senior Director, Centre for Applied Philanthropy

Radha heads the Centre for Applied Philanthropy, the thought leadership, innovation and collective-giving arm of CFS. The Centre aims to empower donors to transition from ad-hoc charitable giving to strategic philanthropy, tackling the underlying causes of complex societal issues.

In previous roles, she led research and advocacy initiatives focused on senior care and authored an in-depth report on nursing homes. She also played a pivotal role in the development of innovative community-based programmes for senior care and employment. At national level, Radha has contributed to consultations on sustainable employment, health and senior care, spearheaded by entities including the government, labour movement and private sector.

Radha was a journalist for nearly 15 years with The Straits Times, where she extensively wrote and spoke on topics related to ageing, health, manpower and social issues. She has reported from over a dozen countries and covered international crises such as the Asian tsunami. Radha has received international recognition for her work in human-rights reporting and feature writing, in addition to several local journalism awards. She was also honoured with the Aware Heroine award for promoting gender rights and equality in Singapore.

Radha holds post-graduate diplomas in gerontology from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Calcutta. Radha joined CFS on 1 August 2023.

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