Meet our Founders

iLima - a definition and why it is at the root of our company ethos:

“i-lima“ is an African word which describes a common community practice all over Africa, a definition can be

Wits University Zulu/English Dictionary, Doke, Malcolm, Sikakana, Vilakazi, 1993 Edition
iLima was founded on the premise

Anthony Modena - More info

iLima CEO Africa

Anthony Modena qualified in both Engineering (Wits Technikon, Electrical - Heavy Current) and Business Management (BCom – Business Economics and Honours, Pretoria University). Mr Modena is a registered Psychometrist. He refined his experience in Power engineering and manufacturing sectors before co-founding Modena Design Centres (Pty) Ltd in 2000

2000 to date

1995 - 1999

1976 - 1995

Other Interests and Education

Karsten Popp - More info


Technology Roots | Revenue Growth | Global Teams | Multicultural Disruptive Innovation | Start-Ups | Venture Capital

Proven Senior Leader in Start-Ups | Multinational companies in Europe, USA and Asia

Jan 2020 - present

Sept 2018 – Dec 2019

2016 - present

2013 – Sept 2018


2003 – 2011

2001 - 2003

1992 - 2001

1984 - 1992

Other Experiences and Education

Friedl Swanepoel - More info

iLima CTO Africa

Friedl J Swanepoel heads Industri4, a company specialising in navigation, guidance and control of robots. He has gained experience from the aerospace and defence industries and now applies this knowledge in the development of autonomous mobile platforms that focus on the development of robots for the construction industry.

2014-2020 - Incomar/IDT4

2014-2016 - Incomar /iNkwazi

2012-2014 - Incomar /TIA

2003-2013 - Incomar

1995-2003 - FSC/Incomar/CSIR

1979-1995 - Kentron PPG

Academic Training

Keneiloe Mohafa - More info

Executive for Stakeholder Relations Africa

Keneiloe Mohafa is a qualified social worker who started her career as a caseworker at the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society and within a few years, was appointed Head of Department for Adoption and Foster Care. Mrs Mohafa has acquired extensive knowledge and experience within the resource development area with a strong focus on stakeholder relations. She has managed grants from international donor agencies, affirmative action and corporate social investment programmes and manager development programmes. In 1997 she was appointed head of the SA Gold Fields Foundation and later held the position of Head of Department for Community Engagement and Development for Anglo American Platinum. She is an actively serving board member for a number of organisations and is currently chairman of the Thembalethu Development NPC and the Hearts of Hope Trust.


2011 to 2013

1997 to 2010

1995 to 1997

1993 - 1995

1978 - 1992

Other Interests and Education