Ritu is the mother of a girl with a rare condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), and a dedicated rare disease policy advocate. She heads the Asia Pacific Alliance of Rare Disease Organisations (APARDO) as well as Debra Singapore, a patient support group for those with EB. Ritu also serves on the governing bodies of Rare Diseases International, the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium, and Debra International. In her various roles, Ritu has actively contributed to drafting and promoting rare disease policies and strengthening the Rare network in the Asian regions. Beyond her volunteer capacity, Ritu is a research-active sociolinguist and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students at one of the national universities of Singapore.