As CEO and chairman for Contec Global Inc., Benoy Berry leads a technology firm with a presence in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and America. In recognition of his company’s enduring success in biometrics and e-governance in Africa, Benoy Berry earned the inaugural Outstanding Achievement in Technology Award, granted by the Nigerian Association of Science Journalists (NASJ). Affiliated with the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ), NASJ provides a platform for dialogue between the Nigerian science community and the media.
WFSJ represents the interests of science journalism associations around the globe. In addition to promoting strong coverage of science and technology topics, WFSJ provides educational offerings to support science journalists’ knowledge and career growth. Through its activities, WFSJ promotes an atmosphere of collegiality and encourages professional networking to help strengthen the community of science journalists.
Established in 2002, WFSJ has 48 full member organizations, which include international, national, and regional associations of science journalists, along with three associate members. A seven-member governing board with representatives from four continents oversees the federation.
For more than 30 years, Benoy Berry has served as the CEO and chairman of Continental Transfer Technique Limited (CONTEC), an international company based in London that implements large-scale projects and provides systems-based solutions in developing nations. Benoy Berry has also helped cultivate Contec Global’s corporate social responsibility program, which includes the African Secretariat initiative.
On its website, Contec Global states that the African Secretariat is one of the group’s most comprehensive and ambitious initiatives, as it strives to build a bridge between Africa and other nations around the world. The program leverages Contec Global’s sustaining presence in Africa to promote a wide range of international interactions, such as trade, cultural exchange, and business investment. According to Contec Global, previous efforts to establish cooperative efforts related to infrastructure and the economy between Africa and other countries have been largely unsuccessful despite Africa’s wealth of human and natural resources.
The African Secretariat project seeks to bring Africa to the forefront of the global economy through exchange rather than humanitarian aid. In its first endeavor, the African Secretariat launched efforts to facilitate economic cooperation between Africa and India.