Dr M R Banjade is a social entrepreneur, researcher and academics. He was the executive coordinator of ForestAction Nepal. He recently served as a senior researcher at Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) which is based in Bogor, Indonesia. He has founded a cooperative agroforestry business in Western Nepal, benefitting a number of local communities. He has published over 30 papers based on his research. He did his PhD from Australian National University on public policy and forest governance.