9PSB CEO seeks more women inclusion in Fintech, SMEs

By Chinwendu Obienyi

 

The Chief Executive Officer, 9PSB, Nigeria’s digital payment service banks, Branka Mracajac, has called for more inclusion of women in areas like financial technology as well as small medium Enterprises (SMEs) as this is crucial to improvement in the digital space in Nigeria.

Mracajac stated this during the just-concluded Digital Pay Expo and Exhibition themed ‘Redefining Payment,’ in Lagos. Speaking at the breakout session tagged “Women in Fintech: Inclusive Finance for SMEs, Mracajac, emphasized that women are making significant breakthroughs in the fintech sector and in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in recent years compared to what was obtainable in the past.

According to her, more inclusion of the women gender will have a crucial effect on the payment world and development of quick solutions that could increase the digital base in the Nigerian market.

She explained, “Although, women are still contending with their male counterparts for positions, it is evident that many women are assuming key executive positions in the finance and fintech sector, as well as other areas of human endeavours. The fintech industry is striving to improve the situations occasioned by gender disparity, inclusivity, and financial inclusion to ensure equal growth and opportunities.

Women are founding many business entities and SMEs, it is important to have the right mindset, work hard and put in more effort to educate yourselves, acquire the right expertise and skills, network and find someone who will inspire you and the opportunities would present itself. We need more prominent professional women leaders in fintech to inspire young girls. We did not have this in my time, but the dynamics have changed. Women should stay focused, connected, and look for opportunities to kick-start their careers.’’

Other female Chief Executive Officers in the fintech sector who also formed part of the session are Ronke Kuye, (Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities Limited, SANEF, Nigeria); Dr. Markie Idowu (Xpress Payment Solutions Limited); Kemi Okunsanya (Hydrogen, Nigeria), and Yemi Keri (Heckerbella Limited) also shared pieces of advice to the young undergraduates on the need to have mentors who have attained progressive stages of career growth; build good rapport; have improved social capital, utilize the social media as a means of communication; and communicate their capability, competencies, and experience.

In addition, they advised them to offer their best and be ready to add value to prospective organizations they will be employed in.

Digital Pay Expo is a yearly event designed to bring together industry regulators, fintech top executives, and innovators in the fintech and payment solution space to collaborate and move the industry forward.

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