“My name is Thierry Nkurunziza. I am Burundian and I live and work in Bujumbura in Burundi, the country of the great lakes of central Africa. I work for an American international humanitarian aid organisation in Bujumbura. My first job in the humanitarian sector was with a German organisation. Guided by universal humanitarian principles, I was able to adapt and manage the work in a variety of situations, sometimes in difficult circumstances. I’m pleased to have helped people who were in difficulties to be able to overcome them. Over the course of my work, I had the chance to do various certified training courses in areas like operations management, supply management, risk management and database management.”
How did you learn about Alison?
What was your first course on Alison, and why did you choose it?
I remember that my first course was the Diploma in Supply Chain Management. I chose it because I work for an international NGO that deals with logistics and I wanted to improve my performance in managing operations, logistics and supply chains. As you know, work systems change day by day. Despite our knowledge in a particular area, there’s always a need to update it. By the end of the course, I had more knowledge about the supply chain.
How have Alison courses affected your career?
After having studied courses on Alison, I didn’t immediately notice a change in my career, in terms of how I was carrying out my daily work. But gradually as time went on, there were consequences from the courses that helped me carry out my job better. The mid-year and end of year evaluations showed the results of having taken the Alison courses. I had better results in in my evaluation compared to the previous year.
What’s your favourite way to relax from studying?
After work or study, I like to exercise – play basketball, go jogging – and sometimes to just sit with my friends and joke around. I often go to the beach at Lake Tanganyika, it’s my favourite way to relax.
Where are you working now?
Currently, I’m working in Burundi with an American organisation which works with Congolese refugees living in camps in Burundi, and with repatriated Burundians who have been living in neighbouring countries (Tanzania, DRC and Rwanda among others). I work in the logistical support programme as an officer in Repatriation Operations, Transfers and Transit Centre Management.
What’s next for you, in terms of education or work?
Following my current work overload, I plan to start studying more Alison courses in early 2021 but I don’t know yet what kind of course.
What would you say to someone if they asked you about Alison? Would you recommend it and why?
Alison is an international organisation which offers a diverse range of training courses. For me, it’s a rich and inexhaustible source of knowledge, know-how and innovation. I would recommend Alison to all my friends.