Desalegn is the retired Chief Executive Officer of Soddo Christian Hospital. He is originally from the Soddo area. He is currently still a member of the St Luke’s Health Care Foundation Board.

He has a Masters degree in Biology from Addis Ababa University, and a Masters in Project Management from Reading University in the United Kingdom. Prior to coming to Soddo Christian Hospital, he worked as the Director of Awasa Public Health Labs, and after that as the Administrator of Wolaitta Church Development. He was the CEO Chief Adminstrator of the hospital since the doors opened, and is passionate about making disciples and providing excellent medical care. Desalegn is married to Tigist, and they have six children and one grand daughter. Their daughter, Mehret, is one of the staff physicians at the hospital. His hobbies include running, teaching, reading, and playing with his children.