Ugne M. Buraciene

Group CEO

A Vision for the Future of Payments

Ugne M. Buraciene boasts 15 years of extensive experience in the banking and payments industry, spanning roles in SoftTech, BankTech providers, and financial institutions. For the past three and a half years, she has held the esteemed position of Group CEO at payabl., a prominent PayTech provider. In her role, she excels in global regulatory governance, team leadership, and business development, with a deep understanding of the FinTech market. Ugne’s dedication to keeping payabl. at the forefront of the financial technology landscape is apparent, ensuring the company remains up-to-date with the latest technology, regulations, and industry trends.

What challenges have you faced as a woman in tech?

When I started in FinTech, I had to showcase my skills and expertise through tangible actions rather than words — this field values results, problem-solving abilities, and innovation. I had to prove my worth by consistently delivering high-quality work, being proactive, contributing to projects, and taking the initiative to make a positive impact. Another challenge I faced was achieving a healthy balance between personal and professional life — I am still looking for the answer to this! Balancing the demands of my career with personal life commitments can be challenging, but it’s crucial to prioritize self-care and well-being.

What advice would you give to other women interested in a tech career?

My advice is to find your voice. Don’t be intimidated by people around you. If you are knowledgeable in something, share your knowledge with confidence. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes if you are proactive – you are bound to fail sometimes. I don’t consider being a woman in tech as a disadvantage, though. Learning from your mistakes and improving is what matters the most, regardless of your gender.

What are your thoughts on the future of women in tech? 

We are moving towards a more inclusive and diverse tech industry where the traditional divisions based on gender or other personal attributes are fading away. The focus will shift towards hiring the best person for the job based on their skills, knowledge, and abilities, regardless of gender, sexuality, background, or ethnicity. I think the concept of “woman vs. man” will also fade. Collaboration is critical; together, we can shape a more equitable and innovative future for the tech sector.

What is your favorite part of working in tech?

Tech is an ever-evolving, challenging, and innovative industry. In the case of FinTech, you have to balance multiple aspects such as regulatory vs. technological, attracting and retaining the best talent, and taking the opportunity to solve complex problems, which is the most rewarding one, just to name a few.

What are your career goals?

My career is linked to payabl.’s success. I want to make payabl. the number one FinTech company in the region and maybe even a globally renowned PayTech one day.

What are your thoughts on diversity and inclusion in the tech industry? 

Diversity and inclusion should be a natural part of the tech industry. I lead with the belief that everyone is equal and should have equal opportunities. The industry does, however, have a long way to go and needs to keep up. A lot of progress has been made. However, there’s still work to be done until diversity and inclusion are a natural part of how things work in the tech industry.

What are you most passionate about? 

The intersection of finance and technology and how they enable one another.

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