15 Years serving developing economies

Registered in Switzerland, the EMA Foundation operates under the auspices of the Foundation Monitoring Service of Geneva.

The EMA Foundation was created in 1998 in Geneva by eight finance and media professionals, including Guy Mettan and Dominique Flaux who directed it until 2011 when they passed the baton to Yasmine Bahri-Domon.

It aims to provide economic actors in developing countries with better access to capital, technologies, markets and international media.

Institutions and companies from 67 countries have already participated in EMA Invest forums. The foundation also takes care of the communication, connection and economic promotion needs of governments and institutions from the South.

The Foundation Council wished to surround itself with partners that are representative of Swiss industry and institutions that have solid experience in the international sphere and in economic development in emerging economies. This would better serve the efforts of the foundation and equip it with the organisational means to hold these forums.

Our wish is still to have a limited number of partners to prioritise relations and grow together towards better support for participating countries and project creators. The choice of partners depends on the longevity of their commitment.




Board of trustees


Yasmine Bahri-Domon, President 
Founder of the Stratline Communication Company, an agency specialised in institutional communication, she has since worked for several years on the implementation and development of a large scale communication strategy, integrating areas as varied as advising, lobbying, online/offline communication, audio-visuals and public relations. Now holding the reins of EMA Invest, she is continuing her commitment to allowing all countries to defend and promote their identity, assets and people.

guy2 Guy Mettan 
A journalist, he directs the Swiss Press Club of which he is a founding member. The president of the Grand Council of Geneva from 2008 to 2009, Guy Mettan is also president of the Russia-French-speaking Switzerland Chamber, and vice-president of the Africa and West Switzerland Chamber. He also created the French-speaking Philosophy Festival.  .




Patrick OBERTO 
An active member of the foundation, Mr. Patrick Oberto is also a Stratline Communication partner. A former director with BP exploration, Patrick Oberto is devoted to the management and support of complex projects: the implementation of development policies, the promotion of large scale projects, the dialogue between collectivities and companies and road security.






Wealth management originated in Geneva. There are 140 banking institutions, around sixty of which are run by internationals, as well as 2,800 financial intermediaries and 700 independent wealth managers. Today, Switzerland manages 27% of the world's wealth.

Trading and commodities

Geneva is also the primary place in the world for the financing of raw materials trade.
• The 500 trading companies in Geneva make a cumulative revenue of USD700 billion.
• 1/3 of the open market oil is traded in this city (including 75% of Russian oil exports).
• The city ranks number 1 in the world for cereal, vegetable oil and sugar transactions,
• Number 1 in Europe for cotton transactions,
• 75% of open market rice goes through Geneva,
• 22% of raw materials' ship movements,
• and 10% of international iron exports.


140 multinational companies are based in Geneva, including Reuters, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, DHL, Federal Express, Ernst & Young, Procter & Gamble, Cargill International, Carrefour, Caterpillar, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Virgin, DuPont, Ipsos, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Maersk, Lockheed Martin International, Korn-Ferry International, The Gillette Company, Bacardi Martini, Mitsubishi, Louis-Dreyfus, STMicroelectronics, Totsa Total Oil Trading, Union Carbide, Young & Rubicam, McCann-Erickson, Richemont, and Ralph Lauren to name a few.

Diplomaty and Media

Geneva is also home to 24 international organisations, including the UN, WTO, CERN, WHO, ITU, UNDP, ILO, WIPO, UNCTAD, ICRC, HCR, IATA, ISO. On top of that, there are 200 embassies, diplomatic missions and permanent diplomatic representations and over 300 NGOs in the city. Most of the press agencies and editorial teams for the biggest international media outlets are represented in Geneva (Reuters, Bloomberg, AP, Xinhua, AFP, CNN, New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, France Télévision, TF1, NZZ, etc.).