Martha Dolben, Board Chair
Martha has served AFPF as Board Member, Board Chair and Executive Director (1997 – 2014). For these opportunities she is grateful to Silvana Veltkamp, co-founder of AFPF and URDT. In 1981 Silvana introduced Martha to the work of Robert Fritz. It was Silvana’s plan to have Fritz’s teaching about the creative process become fundamental to the work of African professionals in rural development.
Patty Seybold, Board Member
Patty Seybold is a world-renowned consultant in customer-led innovation and technology
strategy. She works with diverse companies and their customers (Microsoft, Fidelity, LL Bean,
and Pfizer, to name a few) to help them co-design services and products. She’s led her
Massachusetts-based consulting firm, The Patricia Seybold Group, Inc. for 32 Years.
Robert Fritz, Board Member
Robert Fritz is an accomplished, writer, director, composer, consultant, and teacher who has
been developing the field of structural dynamics for over thirty years. His work in the areas of
creative process and organizational, business, and management issues has garnered
worldwide acclaim. Fritz has authored 8 books which have been translated into 15 languages,
among these are Your Life As Art and Identity.
History of AFPF
In 1981, the African Food and Peace Foundation was founded out of a desire to support significant, long-term development in rural Uganda through partnering with local Ugandan initiatives.
In 1987, that partnership brought forth the Uganda Rural Development & Training Programme (URDT). AFPF has been a significant source of funding and support to URDT while they launched their various programs and institutions, including African Rural University (ARU), Africa’s first all-women’s university with a rural curriculum.
African Food and Peace Foundation’s primary role is to support the ever-expanding reach of URDT and ARU through fundraising, advising, networking, international visits, and deep personal friendships which tie communities in America and Uganda together.