Cany Jobe

The Director for Exploration and Production at the Gambia National Petroleum Corporation, Cany Jobe, has been awarded for her exceptional role and dedication to the Energy Sector in her country and beyond.

She was recognised by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), organisers of the just ended Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC2022) at a dinner in Nigeria.

She was handed over the award by four leading women in the Energy Sector which included Dr Ibilola Amao, Funmi Ogbue and Patricia Simon-Hart in a show of camaraderie and honour.

The event also saw ten oil and gas companies awarded for their contribution to local content development in the industry and on the African continent.

The 10 companies include Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) (Nigeria); Societe Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine Minier (SMH) (Mauritania); Shell (Nigeria); Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) (Uganda); TotalEneries (Nigeria); ND Western (Nigeria); Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP) Mozambique; Agencia Nacional de Petroleo Gaz Biocombustiveis (ANPG) Angola; and Proscovia Nabbanja (Uganda).

Commenting on the award in an interview with, Cany Jobe, who was full of joy, said: “The best part of this particular award has been getting up on stage and handed over the award by not one but four outstanding and stellar women of the industry with a combined 200 years of experience.

“STEM Pioneers and one per cent do not have the privilege I had growing up to google and see other women do it and be it. It made me blush to stand on the shoulders of such giants and the memory will be a special one that will forever remain with me.”

She added, “Women still have to dismantle many stereotypes to get to where we are and, therefore, getting publicly celebrated when we break barriers is one of the many ways to get rid of inherent biases against women leadership.”

Profile of Cany Jobe

Cany is a dedicated and strategic Petroleum Engineer with a passion for cleaner and renewable energy technologies. Her work experience spans energy projects in Australia where she worked with a multi-disciplinary team that investigated the optimum development strategy for the Browse LNG Field; South America-drilling in the Lake Maracaibo; to West Africa.

Cany is currently the Director of Exploration and Production at the Gambia National Petroleum Corporation where she advises on oil and gas exploration projects; and structures, negotiates and oversees the implementation of high value exploration activities of NOC/IOC joint ventures and partnerships.

She holds a M.Eng. degree in Oil and Gas from the University of West Australia, an MSc. in International Project Management specialising in Energy, Construction, Oil & Gas from Glasgow Caledonian University and a B.Sc. in Materials and Minerals Resources Engineering from National Taipei University of Technology during which she won Foreign Student Excellence Awards.

She has executed consultancy assignments from regional organisations such as ECOWAS around national strategies for LPG popularisation, energy efficiency and clean cooking initiatives. She is also skilled in policy formulation, governance, and administration having previously served as Head of Administration & Procurement; and Board Secretary for the national oil company.

A member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Association of Project Managers; Cany is an alumnus of Commonwealth Awards; Mining for Development Awards; and Australia Development Awards.

She volunteers for a number of Not-for-Profit Organisations and is a national and international conference speaker passionate about women in STEM, quality education and energy access.

More recently she was recognised in the 2021 Power List of 50 Inspiring Pan African Female Leaders in Energy by Lean In Energy and was named as one of 100 Outstanding Female Executives in the African Oil and Gas Industry by African Shapers.

In 2022, she got awarded by SAIPEC a Winning With Women award in recognition of her role as a Pioneer Energy Leader.

Cany is happily married and raising two boys to be the next generational gender champions. She is a bon vivant who loves wave watching, playing dress up, travelling, reading about everything under the sun, taking countless photos, hiking, dancing and cooking the occasional meal.



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