A doctor in law from the University of Fribourg, and graduate of INSEAD, the international business school based in Fontainebleau, Denis von der Weid left Switzerland for Colombia to focus on the issues of North-South and hunger. Upon his return to Fribourg, he taught development economics and set up a organisation in the same field, and was called upon to teach in Fontainebleau. Several years ensued in the management of Sandoz, before returning to the field, in India. In 1984, he set up Antenna, as an association, as a network of lawyers – and as a supplier of clandestine radio transmitters to assist human rights activists in a number of countries. By 1989, the organisation had metamorphosed into Antenna Technologies to build up the role of scientific research in the struggle against extreme poverty.