President & Chief People Officer

Robin Doenicke


Crawling on my hands and knees to the 6,476m summit of Mera Peak in the Himalayas, drinking Ayahuasca with Shamans deep in the Amazon jungle, and my daily early morning martial arts practice of standing still for an hour.


Robin is an entrepreneur and martial arts expert from Sydney, Australia. A vocal prodigy, he was invited to study at the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He declined in favor of business, working for four years as an account manager at advertising giant DDB.

In 1996, he moved to Japan to apprentice with Bujinkan Ninjutsu grandmaster, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, ultimately earning a top-rank 15th-dan black belt. Honored by Hatsumi-sensei with the martial name Tou Ryu (“Luminous Dragon”), he is today himself a popular teacher worldwide. Believing the martial path to be a journey without end, he continues to immerse himself in new disciplines to expand and complement his knowledge. In addition to the Bujinkan arts he’s also a dedicated student of Yiquan and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

In 2003, after three years at one of Japan’s executive search giants, he co-founded his own firm, Zensho Agency Inc. Zensho now leads its sector, voted Japan’s Legal Recruitment Company of the Year at the Recruitment International Asia Awards every year since they began in 2014. In the past year, his commitment to personal growth and empowerment led him to launch several new initiatives, including The Agency – a ‘blue ocean’, paradigm shifting, agent-centric recruitment brokerage that is shaking up the market.

Robin was named one of “30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2017” by Asia Law Portal, and featured in the critically acclaimed business documentary, The Movement, released to a global audience in April, 2018.

When not turning the recruitment industry on its head, he can be found braving the toughest Himalayan treks or exploring the wonders of Ayahuasca in the Peruvian Amazon. He is a devoted husband and father to the three loves of his life, wife Yuki, daughter Emma, and son Joe, with whom he lives in Shinagawa.

Robin’s motto is: “Let life flow.”

What they’re saying about Robin

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Eve CrawfordProduct Designer

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Zak ReidInstructor, Skate Nao

“I'm wondering why I never contacted these guys sooner! Seriously, they all have commendable talent in their respective fields and knocked my concept out of the ballpark. Thanks for an amazing experience!”

Jack GrahamCo Founder, Coffee Inc