Investment Team

Derek Akner

Business Development Associate

Mr. Akner is a Business Development Associate at Surge Private Equity. His primary role includes new investment origination and engaging with other external stakeholders to identify and cultivate strategic business opportunities.


Prior to joining Surge, he ran business development for Third Wire Asset Management, a liquid alternatives platform for accredited investors. Before that, he was a sales and account executive at IDX Advisors, a cryptocurrency and commodities focused active investment manager. Prior to that, he worked in institutional sales and consultant relations for Nikko Asset Management, a Tokyo-based $250B+ global asset manager, covering the east coast and Canada. Mr. Akner started his career at Markit (now S&P Global) with their sales and marketing teams.


Mr. Akner graduated from Hobart College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and played Division I lacrosse. Originally from Long Island, he enjoys fishing, hunting, woodworking, and is an avid reader of military history. He also serves on the board of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Dallas Chapter.