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Fiona Passantino

Speaker, author, podcaster, thought leader. Expert on the Human-AI connection: engagement, communication, culture and AI integration.

English, Dutch


Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Host, Workshops


AI, Innovation, Transformation, Engagement, Communication, Community Building, Hybrid Working, Leadership



HR, company culture & leadership; Technology, transformation & innovation


Speaker, author, trainer and coach, Fiona is a specialist of the Human at Work, leadership and the integration of AI into our working lives. She focuses on positive culture and engagement for large multinationals.

Fiona is the author of the Comic Books for Executive Series and produces a regular podcast and video series called “Working Humans”. Her latest book, “The Handbook for Post-Covid Engagement” won at the UK Business Book Awards and received a Goody Award for thought leadership. Her new book is entitled “AI Powered”, due for release this year.

Fiona spent many years in the corporate space in HR, in the area of internal communications and employee engagement. She has been Creative Lead, Senior Visual Communicator, Innovation Advisor, Explainer and Storyteller for some of the largest multinationals in Europe, in Vienna, London, Budapest, Brussels and Amsterdam. In 2020 she achieved a master’s in business management and AI concentration.

Today, Fiona is a highly effective visual storytelling and stand-up comedian in training. She weaves solid, serious, research-driven advice with laughter and fun, guides for improving our working lives at any organization.

Presentations and Topics

HR, company culture & leadership

High-Visibility Habits for Women at Work

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Support and fuel female professionals on International Women’s Day

Technology, transformation & innovation

The AI-Human Co-Creation Workflow

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Understanding AI and augmenting the Human for non-technical professional teams

Resilience & wellbeing

Burning out, and “Burning in”

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The key to wellbeing is less rather than more; building in space for silence and creativity.

HR, company culture & leadership

H2H Communication: “Human to Human"

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Re-examine how we communicate and use the power of our humanity to form a connection.

Sales, marketing & customer experience

AI-Powered Sales

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Introduction to AI for the non-technical Sales Professional

HR, company culture & leadership

AI-Integration Strategy for Communication Professionals

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An introduction to multimodal integration for non-technical working teams

HR, company culture & leadership

Habits of High-Visibility Leaders

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How can leaders increase their presence, visibility, and interaction?

HR, company culture & leadership

AI-Powered HR

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Supporting the most Human role of them all

HR, company culture & leadership

Engage, Connect, Inspire your teams

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a Roadmap for Leaders

HR, company culture & leadership

Listening and Creating a Culture of Collaboration

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As we enter the post-Covid period in our history and battle the demons of the Great Resignation, listening to what we need is more important than ever. Keeping employees happy and not quitting is now a matter of business survival.

Testimonials & References

"Really inspiring keynote at #hrnc23 from the amazing Fiona Passantino on how to be engaged, focused, and how to prioritise the 'human' in 'human resources’. I especially loved how she talked about real fun vs forced fun at work, so much of it resonated with me!"

-- K. Male, Roffey Park Institute 

"Great keynote by Fiona Passantino about how one can drive engagement in jobs with lower autonomy, or lower org commitment. Her thoughts on gamification and encouraging a healthy competition to foster performance as well as engagement in such jobs is a very interesting approach.”

-- S. Sachdeva, University of Strathclyde

“Fiona was brilliant. I really enjoyed the visuals and the insights. Evidence based, inspiring and practical - thank you!”

-- F. Martin, National HR Network Awards, Glasgow Caledonian  University

"I loved this from Fiona Passantino We all talk about encouraging a diverse range of opinions but that can mean we need to learn to handle creative Rebels.”

-- C. Moore, INSEAD

"Fiona Passantino, thank you for your fantastic and engaging presentation! Thoroughly enjoyed the event and the presentations by all the speakers at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium.”

-- A. A. Sheikh, Strand Solicitors

"I really enjoyed Fiona's session in particular; I've already used the 'flow' concept in two conversations already - one with my son and one with a friend.”

-- P. Deaken, CMI

"I really enjoyed Fiona's presentation (and her boots!). I will definitely be taking some learnings on conscious workload reduction back to my team. I intend to keep up with her work.”

-- S. Kincaid, Leading Kind

"I thoroughly enjoyed Fiona's session; it was extremely thought provoking (I was quoting some of her stats to my partner last night around burnout as he works too hard!).”

-- A. MacDonald, Coaching Culture Ltd.

"I was great listening to Fiona's keynote presentation yesterday! I was thoroughly taken by what she had to say and really got me thinking about my own organisations short comings (and positive aspects!) with regards to focus and engagement! Absolutely delighted to have been introduced to her and her work. Thank you!”

-- G. Hunter, The Chartered Banker Institute

"I'll have to say one of my favourite speakers was Fiona Passantino who had the most engaging animated presentation.”

-- N. Tukur, Leading Kind


“Fiona, thank you for such an engaging session this morning at the conference, you really brought the subject to life. I look forward to reading your book soon also!!”

-- S. Macfarlane, SSEN

"Great talk, Fiona; very inspirational.”

-- Dr. A. Egan, Chief Executive Officer, Roffey Park International 

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