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Meet the Pintos

Felix Pinto, Micato Africa’s founder, is one of Kenya’s most highly respected businessmen. The family’s Ideal Farm, adjacent to Nairobi National Park, was one of East Africa’s foremost agro-industrial enterprises and regular partner of European investment houses for agricultural projects. As a longtime member of the Maize and Produce Board, Felix was prominent in the development of Kenya’s international agricultural trading policies. A former cricketer, Felix loves a good cricket match almost as much as safariing with his grandchildren!

Jane Pinto, cofounder, is a former Kenyan table tennis champion who sits on the board of the International Table Tennis Association and represents Kenya at the Olympics and international championships. A pillar of the community, Jane has spent her life assisting vulnerable children, worked with Mother Teresa, wins awards as a businesswoman, and is active in the Kenyan Business and Professional Women’s Association and Rotary Club. Affectionately called Mama Kibiriti—one who stays focused and moves things forward—our Micato Mama is a dynamic force for good!

Anastasia Pinto, executive director, is the face of Micato who heads up sales, logging countless hours between continents. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Anna began her sales career with Hyatt Hotel in the South Pacific. Upholding the family’s charitable legacy, Anna is deeply involved with the Pediatric Therapy Network and California-based Sandpipers. Her role models for charitable giving? Africa’s neediest. “African people will give their last dollar or banana away to someone who needs it more.”

Dennis Pinto, managing director, graduated from Stanford University and travelled the world as a vice president for American Express International Banking. He took a six-month sabbatical to set up a Micato New York office for the family, and some twenty-five years later, he’s never looked back. Skillfully honing the Micato safari philosophy of luxury, exploration, culture and responsibility, he also co-founded the company nonprofit arm, AmericaShare. Dennis resides in New York City with his wife Joy and two children.

Joy Phelan-Pinto, executive director and Dennis’ wife, oversees editorial and brand strategy. Formerly an executive with Travel Dynamics and Cunard Line, Joy is an alumna of Taft School and Brown University, managed such legendary vessels as Sea Goddess, Sea Cloud and Royal Viking Sun, has travelled to 120 countries, summited Kilimanjaro, regularly explores Africa with the family, volunteers untold hours at their children’s Waldorf school and indulges her passion for wordsmithing at Micato.