Leonie Schoelen ( email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org), B.A. English Studies, Politics and Society, University of Bonn, Germany and M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK, is a former Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH- German Development Cooperation) Student Affairs consultant in Algeria and United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Centre for Development Research (ZEF- Zentrum fuer Entwicklungsforschung) Project Associate in Germany after having gained work experience in India and Benin. She is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology and Education Sciences in the framework of a joint supervision (co-tutorship) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany and Paris Descartes University, France, working on Algerian higher education transformation. She is a participant of the German Society for Higher Education Research (GfHf) Young Researchers Mentoring Program and a member of the European Higher Education Society (EAIR), the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and the International Sociological Association (ISA). She receives a full doctoral scholarship by Cusanuswerk, Germany.