Stephen Akard is Director of International Development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). In 2005, the IEDC replaced the Indiana Department of Commerce as the premier entity charged with state economic development.
Akard is a native of Indianapolis and earned undergraduate degrees in economics and French from Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (1986), a law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis (1989), and an MBA from the Indiana University Graduate School of Business (1989). Prior to joining the IEDC, Akard served as a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. At the Department of State, he held positions as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell, as a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, and as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay), India.
Following law school, Akard was a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge James E. Noland. He also practiced law in Indianapolis and was an instructor at the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.