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About Chief Hothead, Stu Lloyd

Born in Zimbabwe, Stu has since lived and worked in 7 countries (including Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Thailand) and travelled to a further 60.

As an advertising guy, he was a creative director for agencies such as Ogilvy& Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi, Bates, etc, before reimagining the integrated communications agency model, creating his own agency in Singapore, which he built up into a $20m business and sold to US-listed group FCB.

Against the backdrop of the 1997/8 Asia Financial Crisis, as Country Managing Director of FCB Singapore he achieved a 44% revenue growth and 21% profit growth.

He has also been a serial entrepreneur, worked as a senior director to future-face a non-profit NGO, and went in as acting publisher of a digital media company to identify innovations in its international publications.

He has published 7 non-fiction books (including 3 on best-seller lists in 3 countries), and was one of the most widely published travel writers in Asia Pacific, with features in National Geographic Travel, Travel + Leisure and major dailies.

The Daily Telegraph (UK) once described him as “the perfect storyteller”.

Little known fact: he was contracted to Warner Music Publishing as a songwriter.

He has addressed a UN conference on tourism innovation, and MC’d a TEDx event on Creativity & Collaboration.

Passionate about motorcycle touring and pop art. Why not connect at LinkedIn for more: Stu Lloyd


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Stu Lloyd’s writing site. (Click below to visit.)



Teaching/training experience includes:

  • Founding lecturer, Institute of Advertising, Singapore.
  • Guest speaker, University of Washington International Business program since 2009.
  • Certified trainer, De Bono Training Systems
  • Guest Professor, College of Innovation, Thammasat University.
  • Guest lecture at Asia Pacific Institute, Uiduk University, Korea.
  • Consulting/coaching on innovation and creativity since 1999.


As Chief Hothead at Hotheads Innovation, helping Fortune 500 companies turbo-charge their creativity and innovation thinking skills. Clients include Citibank, SHELL, Accor, Adidas, Pfizer, Harman, Tourism Malaysia, Petronas, etc.

Stu has 30 years of experience at the intersection of creativity and commerce, which means his workshops are a deep-learning experiential event for all to learn from someone who has actually lived and breathed this subject.


Contact Stu Here