Debretsion Gebremichael is the current Ethiopian Minister of Communication and Information Technology, the current Chairman of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front and the acting President of Tigray Region
Debretsion was born and raised in Shire Inda Selassie, Tigray Province, Ethiopia. He was described by some as being one of the best students in the province and received a perfect score on his entrance examinations. He was admitted into Addis Ababa University, however, he forwent his studies to join the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and fight the communist Derg.
He was sent to Italy by the TPLF and received training in communications technology. He led the team that launched the Dimtsi Woyane Tigray (The Voice of Tigray) radio station in 1980. Debretsion, along with "General Santim", were famous hackers during the Ethiopian Civil War. They routinely hijacked, jammed and sabotaged the Derg's radio, TV and military communication systems.
After the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front's 1991 victory, he joined Addis Ababa university while working full-time as the second man to Kinfe Gebremedhin. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Addis Ababa University. He received a PhD in information technologyy from Capella University in 2011.His dissertation was on "Exploring the Perception of Users of Community ICT Centers on the Effectiveness of ICT on Poverty in Ethiopia"