Dr. Virginia `Jeng` Juan is the President and CEO of APPEND, one of the first and largest networks of micro and social entrepreneurs in the Philippines. She earned her doctorate degree from BGU and Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from University of London, UK. Her education and exposure to microfinance, enterprise development and socio-economics research and development for more than two decades has shaped her expertise in microfinance, transformational leadership, socio-economics research and development, and establishment and management of social solidarity economy enterprises. Dr. Juan is the founder and board member of numerous organizations involved in helping poor communities create wealth with dignity. In 2009, she has been part of FSSI’s Board of Trustees and in various committees and now serves as board auditor.