Team ACE


Founder & Chairwoman – Alix Claire Erie

welcome_imageAdvancement of Civilization Effort is the vision of a harmonious civilization consisting of aware members of society. This is a vision of many, and Alix is putting this vision into action as the founder of ACE. In 2012, during the conscious combination of her academic background in mathematics & theoretical physics with that of the sciences of the psyche through yoga, a major shift occurred when she decided to leave her academic career as a theoretical physicist in exchange for the freedom to pursue her passion for uniting the subjective and objective sciences.

At that point she performed a complete renunciation of all her belongings (More) in order to devote her energies to manifesting her vision of a divine life… that which is currently coming to fruition in several projects under the Advancement of Civilization Effort organization.

Read more about her story on her blog.

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Domestic (USA) Board of Directors

Peter Brewer
Vice Chairman

Aliceshia Slain

Melissa Darrington



International Board

Jijo Mathew – Secretary & Administration


 Jijo Mathew is an HR Consultant by profession. He helps organisations to build strong, dynamic and vibrant value makers by giving emphasise on learning and development across departments.  He is passionate about building unique organisational culture by inculcating holistic principles into workplace.

Mathew is an enthusiastic advocate of peace initiatives and which comes from the realisation that only cooperative co-existence can solve our challenges that we cannot imagine otherwise. His philosophy is “our civilisation should thrive in its aspirations for great advancement while protecting and  safeguarding our lively Earth from man made disasters”.

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Michel Combes – Treasurer & Lead Engineer

Michel’s fieldMichelC of excellence is integrated circuits design and electronic systems. He has been in the semiconductor industry for 25 years, holding various key positions, heading engineering teams in leading companies like Texas Instruments, Infineon, and more recently Lemoptix. He is keen in leading leaderless organizations. He spent 15 years in the US before landing in Switzerland where he architectured new wearable devices and augmented reality systems, and now he is here with the intention of revolutionizing the Universe.

Michel was introduced to Yoga and spiritual practices at an early age with the help of his mother who was a yoga teacher in France. Michel is also a Wuotaï practitioner and a Tango dancer/teacher. Bridging different disciplines, he is a visionary for all things future !

His website is Advancemement of Humanity Effort at

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Dan Feldman – Product Owner

Host, Podcaster, Speaker, Agile Coach, Agile Project Manager, Product Owner, Audio Engineer, Videographer, Photographer, Former Embedded Software Engineer

The host and creator of “Agile and Beyond”, a podcast examining the future of work, education, and society.

By engaging with Agile practitioners, team builders, design thinkers, organization designers, systems thinkers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and visionaries from around the world, Dan seeks to understand how best to improve collaborative creative work so that he may share it with others.

Read more about Dan on Agile & Beyond homepage.

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Charles Ostman – Futures Advisor


Charles Ostman has 35+ years experience in the fields of electronics, physics, materials science, computing, and various forms of applied AI and “artificial life”, including eight years at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Primary focus was on specialized materials, including DSME (shape memory effect) metallic alloys, and various material systems with unique electronic and photonic properties.  At Los Alamos, this experience was applied to work on the Antares Laser project, the world’s largest / most powerful defense laser system successfully demonstrated at the time (during the SDI / “Star Wars” development program)

Subsequent professional experience encompasses a diverse range of technical development projects at facilities including GTE Lenkurt, Integrated Automation, Litton Industries, Lucas Films, Phoenix Laser Systems, Omni Scientific Instruments, NanoThinc, Raytheon, Fujitsu, Evolutionary Networks, and a variety of other technology related companies and institutions.

At NanoThinc, a private nanotechnology consulting group dating back to the early to mid ’90’s, he was the director of media development, and also on the scientific advisory board.

Charles Ostman was the co-founder of NanoSig, and chair of the NanoElectronics and Photonics Forum, an organization with the primary charter of facilitating investment in nanotechnology related ventures, and senior consultant with the Strategic Synergy Group.

He was also a senior fellow at the Institute for Global Futures, a consulting group which provides strategic research, analysis, technical due diligence, and related technology centric development services to Fortune 500 companies and institutions worldwide.

He has been a longtime active member of the Millennium Project, an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities.

This organization publishes the annual “State of the Future” report and extensive data which serves to provide a dynamic platform for developing workable potential solution sets to address complex, interrelated challenges which affect the world and its populations.

Charles also consulted with a technology development consortium, Fourth Venture, which focused on working with former Soviet Union military scientists, in the context of providing opportunities to redirect this resource toward commercially viable technology projects in the USA, via sponsorship from the IPP (Intiative for Proliferation Prevention) and DOE (Dept of Energy).

Charles has authored numerous technical papers and published articles, targeting  general interest, business development, and technology centric audiences.

He is currently director of special projects at General Hydroponics.

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