Born and raised in Burundi, Jean Marie Vianney Habarugira moved to Russia in 2000 for his graduate and post-graduate studies. In 2006, he obtained a Master of Science in Pharmacy at the Volgograd State Medical University, in Volgograd, Russia. He then moved to The Netherlands where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Business Administration at the NHL University in Leeuwarden before continuing his life sciences research at the Utrecht University, in a Drug Innovation Masters programme focussing on Drug Discovery, Drug Development and Regulatory Affairs. During the Drug Innovation training, he carried out research projects at the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board and EDCTP.
Since December 2010, Habarugira works for EDCTP as a Project Officer, managing several EDCTP-funded grants and calls for proposals. In 2014, as part of his continuing professional development and academic interest, he completed a Master’s in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology at the European Programme in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology (Eu2P), where he focussed on safety reporting from clinical trials conducted in resource-limited settings. He regularly performs peer reviews for journals in the area of drug safety, and he is currently pursuing a PhD in Pharmacology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, focusing on Pharmacovigilance and Antimicrobial Resistance.