Yasuyuki Motoyama is a senior scholar in Research and Policy and with Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Motoyama was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was researching the process of commercialization and globalization of nanotechnology. Motoyama is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles, including articles in the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and the Economic Development Quarterly. He is the author of Global Companies, Local Innovations: How Engineering Aspects of Innovation Making Require Geographical Proximity, and a co-author of Local and Global Networks: Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley. An avid speaker, Motoyama has presented at numerous conferences in the United States and Japan. He also is the recipient of several honors and research grants.
Previously, Motoyama was a lecturer in the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of California, Irvine, where he taught a research design seminar for doctoral students. In addition, he served as a postdoctoral associate with the Lewis Center for Regional Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. When studying at the University of California, Berkeley, Motoyama founded Kinyu-Kai, a monthly study group among Japanese graduate students, visiting scholars, business leaders, and government officials.
Motoyama earned a Bachelor of Arts with triple majors in history, international relations, and political science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University, and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.