Dick Benschop was born in Driebergen in the Netherlands. He studied History at the Free University in Amsterdam. He filled a number of positions in the Dutch Parliament and in the Dutch Labour Party. In 1994 he founded his own consultancy firm. From 1998 to 2002, he returned to politics as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
In 2003, he joined Shell and worked in Shell Energy Europe. He moved to Kuala Lumpur at the beginning of 2006, overseeing the Gas & Power business in Malaysia. In 2009, he took up the role of Vice President Strategy for the Royal Dutch Shell Group. As of 1 May 2011, he was appointed President Director of Shell Netherlands and Vice President of Gas Market Development.
He lives in The Hague, is married to Elisabeth Minnemann and has three children.