Haile Woldense is an Eritrean politician.
Woldense was born in 1946 and attended High School in Asmara, Eritrea. After graduation, he was accepted to the Addis Ababa University engineering program. There he met Isaias Afewerki and they withdrew from school to join the Eritrean Liberation Front.[
In 1974 he became a member of what would become the Eritrea People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) Central Committee and joined the Political Bureau. He was the head master of EPLF’s cadre school, who transformed the movement.
After Independence he became the Minister of Finance and Development and served in that position until 1997. In mid-February 1997, he was instead appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs. But in September 2001, he and 10 other MPs were arrested on treason charges after signing an open letter critical of the president. The letter called for “peaceful and democratic dialogue and the rule of law”. The detained MPs were denied access to lawyers and their families, and have been held ever since without charge or trial.