Robert Sheppard graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1972 and has a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. He graduated from the Columbia Business School in 1991 with an Executive MBA degree.
He began his career in the oil industry at Amoco in 1972.
In the mid-1980s, Robert Sheppard worked at Amoco Exploration as a Vice President. He was an Executive Director at GUPCO (Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company) from 1992 to 1995. He was the President and General Director of Amoco representative offices in Argentina and Egypt from 1995 to 1998. He worked as a Chief Operating Officer, and then as a President of Sidanco from 1998 until it merged with BP.
From 2002 to 2004, Robert Sheppard was a Senior Vice President at BP responsible for overseeing assets in Russia. Later he became a General Director of Soma Oil & Gas.
Currently he is a Nonexecutive Director of Soma Oil & Gas and the Chairman of consulting company IPM Advisors.