Ratna Devi Pillai

Ratna Devi Pillai

Ratna Devi Pillai



  • BArts Economics, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1990
  • MBA, Finance, MA (HRD), Webster University, USA, 2002
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (Certificate), Singapore, 2009


Ratna’s interests are in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement. Consequentially, she is exploring skills-based volunteering from a social, economic and environmental standpoint. Her PhD thesis centres on corporate volunteering (CV), employee participation and the impact on employee engagement at work, testing different dimensions from organizational and individual perspectives. Findings provide implications to practitioners when designing CV programs in lieu of stakeholder considerations. In addition to her research exposure, she continues as an adjunct lecturer at JCU, enjoys photography and is a volunteer at Halogen Foundation.

Thesis Title

Grin or bear it: Corporate volunteering and employee engagement

Advisory Panel

Primary: A/P Pengji Wang, Secondary: A/P Adrian Kuah, Advisor Mentor: Prof Stephen Naylor


  • Centre for International Business in Asia (CITBA), JCU
  • Sustainability Research Cluster, JCU Singapore
  • Halogen Foundation, Singapore

Research Interests

  • Corporate volunteering
  • CSR
  • Employee engagement
  • Sustainability