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The thoughtful Portland partner Patrick Forbes speaks fluent Arabic and has 11 years’ experience in the Gulf, mostly in Qatar. He joined Portland two years ago when it acquired the business he had founded in Doha.
Working alongside his colleague Philip Hall, Forbes heads up Portland’s new private client offering. ‘As a firm, we have worked with a number of high-profile individuals on philanthropy, financial communications and by offering digital support,’ he explains, noting that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is among its clients. ‘But, up until now, we haven’t brought it all together and worked specifically on their personal profiles.’