Leadership Team

  • Russell Read, CFA, Ph.D.

    Co-Founder and Group Managing Partner

  • John Tichotsky, Ph.D. (Cantab.)

    Managing Partner—IC Alaska

  • Harrison Choi, MBA

    Partner, Asia

  • Kiran Peethambaran Shylaja

    Managing Partner, C Change Africa

  • Erik F. Schwinge

    Managing Partner, Entheogen Enterprises

Russell Read, CFA, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Group Managing Partner

Russell Read, Ph.D., CFA. (Co-Founder and Group Managing Partner): Dr. Read is the Managing Partner for the C Change Group. With a career in investment management extending over three decades, he previously served as the Chief Investment Officer for three major public investment plans including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC), and the Kuwait-based Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC-Kuwait), where he developed new and successful programs related to international natural resources, infrastructure, and regional economic development investment. He further served as Chairman of the Investors Committee on the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets under the auspices of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. In a capacity as trustee and Board member, he is currently a member of both the State of Wyoming’s Investment Funds Committee (IFC) and the Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC, under the auspices of the Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo). He has provided expert testimony on investment policy to the US Senate and Congress, US and foreign securities and commodities regulators, and four state legislatures on matters of investment policy. He received both his undergraduate (B.A.) in Statistics and his masters of business administration (M.B.A.) in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago. He further received his masters (M.A.) in Economics and doctorate (Ph.D.) in Political Science from Stanford University where he focused on the pivotal role of natural resource utilization in economic development. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Chartered Financial Consultant (Ch.F.C.), and a Chartered Life Underwriter (C.L.U.)

John Tichotsky, Ph.D. (Cantab.)

Managing Partner—IC Alaska

Over three decades, Dr. Tichotsky has specialized in the finance and economics of natural resource development and wealth management, especially in the oil and gas (LNG) industry and the mining industry. He has worked in Alaska, Northeast Asia, Europe, and Central Asia, with considerable experience in China and Russia.  John Tichotsky’s experience includes working as an international advisor and consultant for Roman Abramovich (Sibneft, Evraz) on natural resource issues (oil and gas, electricity, whale quotas, governmental relations), and as an expert on Northeast Asian energy issues. Dr. John Tichotsky was the Economic Advisor for Alaska Gasline Development Project, a $43 billion LNG and pipeline infrastructure project to move stranded natural gas from Alaska to Asia. Previously he worked as the Chief Economist and Advisor to the Alaska Governor and the State of Alaska’s Department of Revenue, where he led a group of economists that provide the State of Alaska with policy advice on all of Alaska’s economic activities, especially investment and petroleum revenue.  John Tichotsky also has considerable experience as a project manager, an international resource negotiator, a privatization specialist, a real estate developer, a director for a junior mining company, and a senior analyst at a rating agency. John Tichotsky has authored definitive studies in northern regional economic development and Northeast Asian gas industry structure.  He has worked extensively with rural and indigenous communities in Alaska, Russia, and Mongolia. He has a Ph.D. and Master degree from Cambridge University (Jesus College), as well as a BA from Dartmouth College (New Hampshire).

Harrison Choi, MBA

Partner, Asia

Harrison Choi is a Partner of the C Change Group, with significant experience related to investments into Advanced Materials, Energy, and Electronics in conjunction with Multi-National Companies. Early in his career, he served as a staff analyst with Advanced Institute of Technology of Lockheed Group and a marketing director of the Nasdaq-listed VOIP internet solution company Thrunet, organizing the communications information on more than 1 million subscribers. Since 2002, he has dedicated most of his work in entrepreneurial efforts and professional business development. He has founded ieSphere Co. for technology development and IT project consulting, also participated and consulted development of China Education Network with Tsing Hua University as a global solution partner. In 2003, he formed Samik LED USA, which became a consortium partner and consultant for a digital advertising project valued over $250 million for clients including Kmart and Kodak Theater of Hollywood. In 2005, he organized Sphereteq for the electronics manufacturing, which launched GPS/GIS/LBS navigation systems with global automotive groups that serviced over 100,000 users. Since 2008, Harrison Choi deployed five different advanced manufactories and a dozen mega power projects. Over a decade of work, group of companies he co-founded generated asset value exceeding $100M and developed over 500MW of renewable power. Currently, Harrison Choi sits in a board of following companies as a managing partner or senior advisor:
Dong Yang Machinery Co., Hyundai Asset Management, CyWorld Z Co. - Korea / Blockchain Association - Hong Kong / Smart Solar Co. - Japan / Enerage Inc., Thynk Capital – USA.

Kiran Peethambaran Shylaja

Managing Partner, C Change Africa

Kiran provides C Change Africa with over 15 years of experience in the field of plant tissue culture , specializing in horticulture crops and floriculture, building and managing commercial hi-tech tissue culture labs with the capacity to produce 7-10 million plants (seedlings) annually with 150-200 professional staff, large-scale farming, greenhouse production, and research and development.  He has worked extensively in India and Africa, serving as the former Technical Advisor at the Mekelle Institute of Technology in Ethiopia (Plant Tissue Culture & Greenhouse Division), where he played a vital role in producing 22 million sugar cane tissue culture plantlets to Ethiopian Sugar Corporation (Addis Ababa).  He has also held leading positions with well-known agri-biotech companies in India and the Netherlands.  He earned his master’s (M.Sc.) in Biotechnology from Bharathidasan University (India) and his MBA in International Business from Annamali University (India).

Erik F. Schwinge

Managing Partner, Entheogen Enterprises

Erik is an experienced entrepreneur, business developer and consultant. He combines practical and empirical knowledge in international project- and innovation management (i.e technology scouting-, transfer and finance) and his sales and marketing skills. Erik built a worldwide network and enjoys a trusted relationship within. Erik started out in the media & television industry with producing and directing over 100 reports and documentaries internationally. He has worked as a managing partner for the PatentPool Group for over a decade in business development, sales & marketing. Erik is former Member of the Board of Von Roll Solar AG and ART Carbon International AG, is managing partner and co-founder of Reiter & Schwinge GmbH, Entheogen Enterprises DOO & Entheogen Capital AG and partner of the C Change Group.