Having studied at the University of Cape Town and Dublin Business School, Shepherd went on to Study at Richmond the American University in London where he wrote his dissertation on land reform in Zimbabwe and Ireland. While studying at SOAS for a Masters in Development Studies, he worked at the Royal African Society, as an intern for the Africa APPG-UK Parliament. After this initial experience in Parliament, he joined the UN Award Winning ParliaMentors Programme (2017/18), a Political Leadership programme which aims to create social change while being mentored by an MP.
He is an activist involved in the political and peace processes of both Uganda and South Sudan. His career objectives and interest in governance issues have been largely influenced and shaped by his work opportunities within two civil society organizations in South Sudan; Justice Africa and Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO). He has overtime gained experience and interest in how grassroots structures and people can participate and influence governance processes. He strongly believes that citizen-driven processes are key to consolidating sustainable growth and development in Africa, and as such, has been active long-term in the civil society sector in East Africa. His career conviction is to strengthen civil society engagement in debates at all levels towards broader citizenry participation in development and governance processes. He hopes that his MSc in Development Studies at SOAS will greatly enrich his knowledge and contribution to consolidate sustainable peace and development in the region.