Founder and Executive President,
Feliciano Reyna is the founder and executive president for Acción Solidaria, an HIV/AIDS service organization created in 1995. Since 2016, he has also served as coordinator for relief efforts through the organization’s Humanitarian Action Program, focused on the complex humanitarian emergency affecting Venezuela. Since 2002, he has been a fellow with Ashoka, a global network of entrepreneurs. Between 2005 and 2012, he was president of Sinergia, the Venezuelan Association of Civil Society Organizations.
In addition to Acción Solidaria, Reyna has founded a number of other human rights organizations. In 2003, together with other health-rights activists, Reyna helped create the Coalition of Organizations for the Right to Health and Right to Life (CODEVIDA) to promote and defend the rights of people with chronic health conditions. In March 2010, Reyna helped found CIVILIS Human Rights to document and inform on the state of democracy and human rights in Venezuela.
Reyna is a board member of the International Center for Non-profit Law (ICNL), and was a board member at the Johannesburg-based Global Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) between 2010 and 2016. He has received the Human Rights Award from the Center for Peace and Human Rights of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela, in 2010, and the Llama de la Esperanza Award, from Amnesty International Venezuela, in 2017.
Reyna was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award for Humanitarian Service by the Inter-American Dialogue in 2021.
Tras recibir el premio ‘Liderazgo distinguido para las Américas por servicio humanitario’ otorgado por el Diálogo Interamericano durante la VI Gala de Premios Liderazgo para las Américas, el activista y defensor de derechos humanos Feliciano Reyna habló con Voz de America (VOA) sobre los retos de la crisis en Venezuela,
Perhaps hundreds of thousands of lives—inside Venezuela and across its borders—now depend on whether our leaders can put aside their battle for control, engage politically in good faith, and momentarily put the wellbeing of citizens first by taking the urgent steps needed to combat the virus crisis and its consequences.