An executive in the biometric technology industry, Dr. Benoy Berry founded Contec Global more than 30 years ago. Recently, Dr. Benoy Berry received an award for his patronage of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign, which focuses on putting an end to child abuse and human trafficking in Nigeria.
A simple act that anyone can perform to participate in the fight against human trafficking is to educate him- or herself on the statistics of the trade as well as the needs of former trafficked individuals who escape from its influence. Many nonprofits provide online resources designed to give people a basic education on issues related to the cause.
Another act that contributes to ending human trafficking is the socially responsible purchase of goods. Though many corporations do not directly condone the use of slavery in their production processes, many companies within corporate supply chains harvest raw materials through labour from individuals who have been trafficked. Consumers can help fight against trafficking by choosing to buy from companies that show a commitment to fair-trade farming and mining.
For those who seek a more active opportunity to help end human trafficking, many nonprofit organisations across the world are continuously seeking volunteers to fundraise, advocate, and donate time to help raise awareness for the movement.
Dr. Benoy Berry leads an international company that specializes in systems-based solutions in his role as CEO and chairman of Continental Transfer Technique Limited. A dedicated philanthropist, Dr. Benoy Berry also contributes to initiatives against human trafficking with the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in Nigeria.
In a press release, NAPTIP announced that its director general Beatrice Jedy-Agba recently emphasized that crime prevention in Nigeria is dependent upon effective collaboration between security agencies. Jedy-Agba made this statement during an operational assessment presentation attended by delegates from consorting entities, including the European Union, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes, and the Nigerian Immigration Service.
According to Jedy-Agba, the operational assessment that was performed by independent consultants confirmed the effectiveness of NAPTIP’s structure, but also highlighted the organization’s inability to prosecute some trafficking-related offenses due to legal restrictions. Jedy-Agba asserted that NAPTIP must continue working with other law enforcement agencies to ensure that crimes related to human trafficking are fully addressed.
Over the course of his career as a sales and marketing executive, Benoy Berry has established himself as a business leader in Nigeria. Aside from his work as the chairman and chief executive officer of Contec Global, Benoy Berry remains firmly dedicated to supporting the fight against human trafficking. He is a patron of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign, a project of the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) in Nigeria.
In addition to sponsoring its own anti-human trafficking initiatives, NAPTIP regularly collaborates with like-minded organizations in Nigeria and beyond. In July 2015, NAPTIP joined forces with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria to eliminate human trafficking and illegal stay after Hajj, the annual religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. In particular, the two organizations targeted Nigerians who traffic people to Saudi Arabia for the purposes of prostitution, begging, and other offenses. The organizations also identified certain loopholes in previous Hajj operations and worked to close them in an efficient manner.
As the chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Transfer Technique Limited (Contec Global), Benoy Berry leads the company in providing a range of integrated, systems-based solutions across the energy, infrastructure, and hospitality industries. Additionally, Benoy Berry is a strong supporter of the firm’s various corporate social responsibility initiatives, including the African Secretariat campaign.
The African Secretariat aims to connect Africa to the rest of the world by increasing trade and business investment in the region, as well as by improving cultural exchange between Africa and other countries. One of the most ambitious initiatives in the company’s history, African Secretariat draws on Contec Global’s sustained presence in Africa to encourage economic cooperation with countries such as India, thereby strengthening the continent’s position in the global economy.
Rather than relying on humanitarian aid, Contec Global’s African Secretariat initiative intends to leverage Africa’s human and natural resources to bring the continent into self-sustaining private partnerships.
For over three decades, Benoy Berry has served as chairman and CEO of the technological services firm Continental Transfer Technique Limited (CONTEC). Based in London, England, Benoy Berry serves clients across the globe by providing secure systems and biometrics programs.
With locations in India, Africa, Europe, and the United States, CONTEC has led international projects for several governments, including the development of electronic visas, vehicle tracking devices, and a new residence permit system in Nigeria. In September 2014, CONTEC was honored with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Recognition of Excellence Service Delivery award.
The NIS announced CONTEC’s award during an event that also recognized Comptroller General David Parradang for his 50 years of service to the country. In a speech, Parradang commended CONTEC for its dedication to providing practical technological services to the NIS, recognizing the 15-year partnership between CONTEC and the African community. In addition to Nigeria’s permit system, nearly half of Africa’s people use technological systems developed by CONTEC.
A business leader and humanitarian, Benoy Berry leads Continental Transfer Technique Limited (CONTEC), a global company focused on security solutions projects and technology-based solutions. Benoy Berry also supports a number of philanthropic endeavors through CONTEC’s corporate social responsibility program.
Among its many initiatives, CONTEC supports a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Jaago Bharat, or Wake Up India, which works to empower action and advocate for resources that address key social issues. The organization operates on the belief that individual citizens have a responsibility to drive positive change in the community, and it promotes a project-based approach to sustainable transformation. By employing a project-based model of operation, Jaago Bharat doesn’t limit itself to a specific agenda, allowing it to address a wide range of issues when new concerns are identified.
The organization explains that India’s more than a billion citizens are capable of uniting to create a significant force for social change. Instead of considering the large population as a concern, Jaago Bharat encourages India to harness its collective strength to improve the nation.
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.