Hailemariam Desalegn

Former Prime Minister



Hailemariam Desalegn has served as Prime Minister of Ethiopia since 2012. He previously served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Desalegn succeeded Mr. Zenawi in August 2012 as Prime Minister, initially in an acting capacity. He was elected as Chair of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, the ruling party, on 15 September 2012. He also served as the Chairperson of the African Union from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Desalegn obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Addis Ababa University in 1988. He subsequently worked as a graduate assistant at Arba Minch University, Ethiopia. Shortly after, he obtained a scholarship to attend Tampere University of Technology in Finland and completed a Master’s degree in Sanitation Engineering. Upon his return to Ethiopia, he served in a number of academic and administrative positions, including as Dean of the Water Technology Institute for over a decade.


  • Former Prime Minister