Jennifer Shinkai


Originally from the UK, Jennifer holds an MA (Oxon) in English Language and Literature from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University. She is an ICF Associate Certified Coach, a Points of You® Master, ORSC® Systems Coach Practitioner and certified in Saville’s Wave Assessment.  She is the podcast host of “Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai”.

With an interactive facilitation and coaching approach, she focuses on integrating ikigai (life purpose) into daily work, inclusion in a diverse workplace, and resilient leadership development in times of change. As a Points of You® Master, participants can experience “unexpected but precise” moments of insight and action.

With over twenty years’ experience in Japan, she has held a variety of management roles across Learning and Development, Marketing, Sales Operations and Sales. Jennifer is a driver of change supporting her previous organization’s development from a 25-person privately-owned Tokyo office to an 800 person listed company connecting great people to great companies across seven countries in Asia-Pacific.
She started working as a Facilitator and Coach in 2016 and has been partnering with Annie Ricci Coaching since 2020.

She lives in Tokyo with her husband, two children and loves art, running and building community.


Here’s What Jennifer’s Clients Are Saying:

Jennifer has a particularly exceptional method of making people realize things they did not notice previously and always follows this “discovery” with what to do with that new information/knowledge. Her methods always directly lead to concrete actions and are more effective than typical training methods we have undergone to date.

Head of Strategy and Business Operations Japan, Pharmaceutical

Jennifer Shinkai was my executive coach in 2020. She added value to our organisation by helping me to think out of the box. She was my first coach and I have no one else to compare her style with. As a man who is believed to be tough, her approach was an ice breaker. Any leader in an organization can be lonesome. Her coaching helps you to release your stress and take you to see yourself in the different angle/view.

General Manager, Medical Devices

As a coach, she focuses on why, purpose, and vision. And this was powerful to me. Envisioning who I want to be after completing the coaching sessions was not totally comfortable at the beginning, but once I overcame the insecurity, I was finally able to focus on how I could improve myself. She shared the technical skills with me, but what I appreciated the most was that she was there as a mental support.

Head of HR Japan and Korea, Retail