Gambian among 2021 50 Inspiring Pan African Female Leaders in Energy

Mrs. Cany Jobe- Taal, Director of Exploration, Gambia National Petroleum Company.

Gambia’s Cany Jobe, a senior official at the country’s National Petroleum Company, has been nominated and selected for the 2021 power list: Pan African Female Leaders in Energy by Africa Oil Week which is the voice of E&P – the global platform for stimulating deals and transactions across the African Upstream and Lean In Energy group.

Carefully curated by Africa Oil Week and Lean in Energy, the 2021 Power List features 50 inspiring women – from Morocco to Cape Town, from Manager to Minister – all of whom are working and motivating others across the African energy sector. There has never been a more important time to drive diversity and inclusion awareness into the sector, ensuring women continue to have a voice and opinion in shaping this evolving industry.

Mrs. Cany, who is the only top female executive in Gas, oil and energy industry in the Gambia, has been making headway in recent times having featured with some big names in the oil and gas industry globally. She is currently the Director of Exploration, Gambia National Petroleum Company.

Reacting to her selection, the delightful Cany told The Alkamba Times from her base in Banjul:

“I am delighted to have been nominated and selected for the 2021 Power List: Pan-African Female Leaders in Energy which has been carefully curated by @AfricaOilWeek and @LeanlnEnergy. It features 50 inspiring women, who are working and motivating others across the African energy sector, and I truly am humbled to have been highlighted in this. I congratulate all the fantastic ladies on this list particularly those of the much underrepresented engineering backgrounds on whose giant shoulders current and future girls in STEM shall stand. I am today because of all the women who have paved the way for my generation before me and all the male allies who make it easy.”

Cany was scheduled to participate in this year’s Africa Oil Week conference held in Dubai from the 8-11 November 2021 and to also address the forum alongside Lamé Verre, Co-Chair Europe & Sub-Saharan Africa, Lean In Energy, Sarah Taylor, Director for International Trade, UK Government, Rita Hausken, Founder & CEO, Shestainability & Chair Europe & Sub-Saharan Africa, Lean In Energy, Irene Waage Basili, CEO, Shearwater Geo Services, Cynthia Lumor, Deputy MD, Tullow Ghana, Moroti Adedoyin-Adeyinka, Executive Director, Sahara Group 

Now entering its 27th year, the event brings together governments, national and international oil companies, independents, investors, the G&G community and service providers. AOW prides itself on offering unrivalled opportunities that drive investment and deal-making across the continent, thus shaping the future of Africa.

The Africa Oil Week conference provides 4 days of pioneering insights, from ministerial panels to strategic outlooks and sessions designed to drive investment into the African upstream. At the heart of the event is the exhibition, where companies from across the sector can showcase their offering.

Who is Cany Jobe ?

Cany Jobe is a dedicated and strategic Petroleum Engineer with a passion for cleaner and renewable energy technologies who has worked on energy projects in West Africa, South America, East Asia and Australia over the past 14 years.

A favorite project of hers is the key role she played in a multidisciplinary team which was involved with investigating the optimum development strategy for the offshore Browse LNG field in Australia and which consisted of four divisions (Reservoir engineering team, Well completions and Engineering team, Facilities team and Economic team).

She holds a B.Sc. in Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering from the National Taipei University of Technology (Taiwan) , a Master of Engineering in Oil & Gas from the University of Western Australia (Australia) and an Accredited Masters in International Project Management from the Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland).

Currently, she works as Director of Exploration at GNPC where she advises government on oil and gas exploration projects, and is a member of the national team that structures, negotiates and oversees the implementation of high value contracts. She has previously served as Board Secretary and Head of Administration, encompassing Procurement and IT.

An activist at heart, she advocates for and champions diversity and women advancement in STEM and energy at both national and international levels and is a public speaker and panelist at women, leadership, energy, regional collaboration and STEM forums, conferences and summits worldwide.

She is particularly passionate about institution and nation building, quality education, women in stem, women in leadership, elimination of harmful practices against women and economic equality.

Cany Jobe is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Association of Project Managers and is an alumni and recipient of Australia Development Awards, Mining for Development, Commonwealth Awards, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Taiwan Best Student Excellence Award and Trust Bank Gambia Millennium Excellence Award.

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