International Education Institute
International Education Institute works very closely as a team in all aspects of program creation and execution.
Dr. Roger Prestwich is a passionate and engaged scholar and citizen diplomat, serving as Chair of the Saint Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, as a member of the Minnesota District Export Council, and of the Midwest Global Trade Association, and also delivers talks for the Minnesota International Center/Foreign Policy Association's “Great Decisions” program.
Dr. Prestwich was the former dean of the College of Management (COM) at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the COM international programs director, and he is now professor emeritus. He oversaw the international business program from 2002 until 2013, and served as COM’s international business curriculum coordinator, in which capacity he negotiated partnership programs with multiple universities in the Greater China region.
A native of Oldham, England, Professor Prestwich developed and taught bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral international business classes while contributing to professional publications and Twin Cities-area news media, presenting at conferences and serving on several boards. Before joining Metropolitan State University, Dr. Prestwich served as director of the Minnesota Trade Office education program for 12 years and of the World Trade Conference Center for two years. He trained managers from more than 500 companies on exporting, garnering a special service award for outstanding contributions to international trade from then-Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Dr. Prestwich earned his BA in geography and economics and a graduate diploma in education from the University of Sheffield, England. He received his MA and PhD in geography and economics from the University of Minnesota, which he attended as a Fulbright scholar. Prestwich also earned a master’s in international relations from the University of Cambridge, England.
With a Ph.D. from the famous Prague Film School, FAMU, and under the guidance of Milan Kundera, Frank Daniel, Elmar Klos, and others, Hafed produced, directed and wrote more than forty productions of different genres: feature, documentaries, news, ads, corporate, audiovisual and multi-screen programs.
In 1992, he joined the Minneapolis College Cinema Department to teach Film and Video Production, Screenwriting and Financial Management. He developed within the Cinema Department a new award-winning Screenwriting program. He currently chairs the Cinema Department while developing his own screenplays and continuing his cinema production.
Pursuing a long experience as jury member at several international film festivals, he currently acts as script consultant and panel member to local and national competitions, foundations and grant organizations. He is the current President of the Minnesota Screenwriters Workshop and sits on several boards such as the Edina Arts Center, the Twin Cities Film Fest, and IFP.
Hafed is member of several international and national professional associations such as IFP Minnesota (Independent Feature Projects), the Minnesota Film and Television Board, The Pan-African Filmmakers Association (Dakar, Carthage), the African Documentary Association (Cairo) and CIDALC (International Committee for the Promotion of Arts and Letters Through Film).
Changquan Calvin Sun
Dr. Changquan Calvin Sun is a distinguished scholar, researching scientist, and an international exchange advocate. He is current associate professor at the Department of Pharmaceutics, University of Minnesota.
Dr. Sun is an expert in the areas of solid-state science, tablet formulation design, and powder technology. Recognized as expert in his field, he is frequently invited to lecture at academic institutions, companies, and scientific conferences, both in US and international.
Before joining University of Minnesota in 2008, Dr. Sun worked in the pharmaceutical industry (Amgen and Pfizer) as a research scientist. As of 2014, he is an author for more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and an inventor on severalpatents.
Dr. Sun earned his BA in Pharmacy from Shanghai Medical University in China and Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutics from the University of Minnesota in US.
Dan Creed is a college professor, teaching Hospitality and Business classes at Normandale Community College. He has also served as Chair of the Hospitality Outreach program and Hospitality department. Dan currently serves as Global Studies Chair.
During the recent Ventura administration, he served as Executive Director of the Governor’s Residence. He was responsible for organizing over 200 events annually, hosted 6,000 tour visitors and advised on all protocol matters. He directed a staff of 10 people.
Previous to the Governor’s Residence, Dan worked as VIP supervisor in the Hotel Sofitel and Saint Paul Hotel, both four-star hotels. He also served as Director of a University president’s residence in California.
For over 20 years, Dan worked for an international foundation, utilizing his counseling and public speaking background. He has traveled and spoken in over 70 foreign countries.
Dan has a master’s degree in organizational management and is a published author. Additionally, he and his wife are co-owner of a Montessori School.
Eric Ong founded International Education Institute, IEI, having made initial organizational formation efforts in 2004. After IEI was officially established in 2006, Eric has served as an executive providing leadership in organizational operations, business development, and building collaborative partnerships with local and international institutions.
As the international consultant and authorized institutional representative for several Midwestern institutions in, Eric had worked alongside the leaders from Minnesota State College and University (MNSCU) and University of Wisconsin system schools to extend international efforts. In 2007, Eric worked with then UW-RF's International Program Director, Mr. Brent Greene; together they established American Center for Education (ACE) in Singapore. Eric has been instrumental in connecting several local Minnesotan and Wisconsin institutions of higher education with more than a dozen educational institutions in China, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore. Since 2012, Eric introduced several Chinese provincial delegations to Minnesota's state on as part of the official visit to promote international collaboration.
Eric earned his BA in Biology from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He earned his MS degree in Software Engineering with a concentration in Computer Security from University of St. Thomas.
International Communication Director
Sara Leitner holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Saint Olaf College and holds a State of Minnesota teaching license in 9-12 Chemistry.
She joins the team bringing a background in science and education, specializing in working with urban and first generation student populations. Sara also has a wide range of business experience working in sales, business, finance, and team development and management.
As the International Communication Direct, Sara oversees IEI operations and the development of the Bridge Center and additional service options.