(April Greer/For The Washington Post)

Peter Kovler spoke at The Post’s 2016 Transformers live journalism event May 18 in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.

“For me personally, two very strange things happened. … I was born into a family where there were these assets and these foundations. The second strange thing that happened to me, which was very improbable, was death from pancreatic cancer in my family when I was a teenager. Suddenly my mother died and then my grandfather died, and I was in the middle of two very unusual circumstances being linked to a foundation and being linked to a very terrible disease, which later in life I’ve tried to take on.”

Peter Kovler
Kovler Center for Victims of Torture

David Rubenstein, Wendy Schmidt and Peter Kovler join Katie Couric to discuss a new kind of philanthropy. (Washington Post Live)