Saint-Francis Tohlang – Trends is a cultural observer and commentator on the flux generation – obsessed with innovation, youth issues, business and consumer trends, emerging markets and the continent of Africa.
He holds an Honours degree from Rhodes University and an MA from the University of Cape Town (with distinction) where he was the recipient of a number of scholarships, most notably the Andrew Mellon Prestigious Scholarship and being a recipient of a ‘Rhodes Top 100 Students’ award.
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Tohlang is currently in a senior manager role at a leading Global FMCG company following stints with Deloitte Africa, Wits University and CLEAR 10 Centre of the World Bank.
In addition, Tohlang works as an independent trend analyst for various trend firms, both local and international, offering key insights into emerging markets trends with an African focus. This includes providing trend analysis and insights for the number one and leading global trend firm as part of the Global Network.
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He has built a credible reputation in the field and provides commentary to national media houses and publications such as Bizcommunity, CNBC Africa, Power FM, Finweek, e.tv, Financial Mail
Tohlang was a contributor to a best-selling publication: New Urban Tribes of South Africa edited by Dion Chang, and also contributes trend insight pieces for Flux Trends.
He considers himself a fresh and disruptive voice and has spoken at a number of conferences and sat on panels such as Sustainable Brands Africa, Social Media Week Johannesburg, #TrendTalk10, Youth Marketing Strategy Conference, and Digital Swarm. He has also delivered keynote speeches at the Launch of the Future Nation Schools & PRISA events.
In 2013 he was selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and served as the Deputy Curator for the Johannesburg hub. He is a board member of the Dance Umbrella Festival, Dance Forum and Inkululeko.
Saint-Francis Tohlang – Trends also represents the world youth alliance as a member and contributes to the UN Children and Youth global working group, contributing to discourse around the Post MDG implementation. Destiny Man magazine named him in their 2013 “Power of 40′′ report which recognizes top 40 men under 40 doing remarkable things in their fields.