Till August 2014, Basab was working with NSDC as Head of Standards and QA, and set up 31 Sector Skill Councils, in sectors like Automotive, retail, BFSI etc. He was Industry’s interface in India’s ambitious program of Vocationalisation of Schools and Higher Education. He also helped operationalise India’s National Skills Qualification Framework. Before NSDC, Basab was SVP & Head Talent Transformation in Reliance Retail. Earlier, he incubated and headed an International BPO, as well as a training organisation. Basab then joined Bharti Airtel, as first head of Kashmir mobile operations.

Basab began his career in Indian Army.  He specialised in supply chain management, managed the supply chain for Eastern Jaffna Peninsula, during Srilanka conflict in 1989. He lectured extensively on Leadership, Strategy and Management to International Armed Forces Officers, and IAS officers, as a Faculty in Defence Staff College.

He is currently Advisor to ADB on Skills.