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Feliciano Reyna Ganteaume

Civilis Human Rights
Feliciano founded Acción Solidaria in 1995 after the death of his partner, and has acted as its Executive President since that date.

As a founding member and advisor to the Venezuelan Business Council on HIV/AIDS, and a founding member and advisor to the Council of Universities on HIV/AIDS, which involves Venezuela's Central University, Simón Bolívar University, and Andrés Bello Catholic University, Feliciano has dedicated his life to the issue of HIV/AIDS and has become one of Venezuela's most prominent people with regards to the issue.

Between 1995 and 2003, Feliciano was the representative of the national network of NGOs before the Technical Group of the Venezuelan Office of UNAIDS. In 2001, he became a Fellow of Ashoka, an international network of social entrepreneurs, and a member of Liderazgo y Visión (Leadership and Vision), a Venezuelan network of social leaders. In 2003, Feliciano founded CODEVIDA, a network of organizations dealing with chronic health conditions such as hemophilia, breast cancer, leukemia, organ transplants, and HIV.

Feliciano has participated in several international AIDS conferences as a speaker, oral abstract presenter, and session co-chair. At the XVI AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006, Acción Solidaria was selected as one of the recipients of the first edition of the Red Ribbon Award.

Since 2002, Feliciano has written the weekly column "Alerta VIH" (HIV Alert) in El Universal, one of Venezuela's national newspapers. In 2003, he started publishing another weekly column entitled "Párale al SIDA" (Pay attention to AIDS) in a regional newspaper, Correo del Caroni, and in 2007, the article began being published in another regional newspaper, La Prensa de Monagas.

Feliciano has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. He spent several years working as an architect in New York and managing two international textile companies in Venezuela before founding Acción Solidaria.