Shinya Konaka is Professor, School of International Relations, and Dean, Graduate School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka. He has been conducting field research among Maa-speaking pastoralists, mainly the Samburu, since 1992. He was awarded the 13th Okita Prize in International Development, the 8th Japan Consortium for Area Studies Award for Prominent Scholar, and the JASID Special Award, 2018. He is the author of Localization of Humanitarian Assistance Frameworks for East African Pastoralists, African Study Monographs. Supplementary Issue, 53 (coedited with Sun Xiaogang, 2017) and ‘Livestock as interface: The case of the Samburu in Kenya’ in Anthropology of Things (TransPacific Press 2018).