Akard oversees Indiana’s overseas economic development offices and works to attract international investors to the state as vice president and general counsel for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).
Previously, Akard served as a career foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, holding positions as a special assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell; political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium; and as a consular officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai.
A native of Indianapolis, Akard earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and French from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in 1986. In 1989 he earned both a law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He has practiced law in Indianapolis and been an instructor at the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.