Stephen Kenney is a global strategic thinker and finance executive (MBA, CPA) with more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare, higher education, international development, and nonprofit finance in countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, MENA, and the former Soviet Union. He joined Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) in August 2012, as Chief Administrative Officer, serving on the Dean’s Executive Committee with responsibility for supervising administrative support functions. In November 2013, Mr. Kenney was appointed by Dean Javaid Sheikh to serve as the Chair of the WCM-Q Strategic Planning Task Force responsible for developing a new five-year strategic plan.
Prior to joining WCM-Q, Mr Kenney served as Vice President for Finance at the American University of Beirut from 2007 to 2012. Reporting to the President of the university - an institution with 8,000 students, 4,000 employees, a medical school and a 400-bed teaching hospital - he worked with campus leadership to enhance tuition revenues, expand student financial aid and improve the financial performance of the hospital. Other leadership positions that Mr. Kenney has held include as Finance Director, e-Business, for Cambridge Technology Partners, a Fortune e-50 consulting firm; Regional Director of Financial Systems Development for the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation), a global foundation operating in more than 70 countries; and the founding Chief Financial Officer for the American University in Bulgaria.
As an Adjunct Faculty member of the Sulliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut, Mr. Kenney engaged students in the process of applying management accounting tools to address business challenges and improve decision-making. His current research interests include the Affordable Care Act and financial incentives to improve patient care and reign in the per capita cost of health care. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mr. Kenney has been presented with the Executive of the Year in Educational Leadership award by the Worldwide Who’s Who. He has also served as a board member of the American University in Central Asia, on the Advisory Board of Students in Free Enterprise in the Kyrgyz Republic, a trustee for the Open Society Support Foundation in the Czech Republic, and as a member of the International Quality Assurance Committee of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He enjoys sharing his experience and insights in international finance and education as a speaker at seminars across the world.