Robert Gibson began his career as a comprehensive school teacher in the UK. During this time he was involved in international exchange projects for the Council of Europe and UNESCO in the UK, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Germany.

Since moving to Germany in 1985 he has been a Lecturer in English at the University of Munich, a consultant for vocational education at the Bavarian State Institute for Curriculum Development, and Head of Business Languages at Ingolstadt School of Business. He is a former Vice-President of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR Europa).

In 2000 he joined Siemens AG, a major electronics company with over 400,000 employees in 190 countries. He currently leads an international team of specialists which provides intercultural training and consultancy services for individuals, teams, and organizations.

His numerous publications include Intercultural Business Communication, published by Oxford University Press in 2002.