Murat Çetinkaya was born in Ankara in 1970. He graduated from TED Ankara College in 1988, and earned his BSc degree from the Middle East Technical University, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in 1992.
He completed Ziraat Bankası AŞ Banking School in 1993 and earned an MA degree from Marmara University Banking and Insurance Institute, Banking Department in 2001. He started his career with T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş. Treasury Department Head Office, and continued as Assistant Treasurer at Tekstilbank A.Ş. and as Treasurer at Diler Yatırım Bankası A.Ş. Çetinkaya was appointed as the CEO of Halk Investment & Securities in August 2010 and was Acting Chairman of Halk Asset Management (portfolio management company) from its establishment until April 2013. He was a Board member of Halk Investment & Securities from this date until June 2017. With regard to sector representation, he was Deputy Chairman of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Capital Markets Sector Assembly between 2013 and 2016, and Member and Chairman of Borsa İstanbul Disciplinary Committee between 2014 and 2016. Çetinkaya was the Chairman of the Capital Markets Professionals Association (EFFAS Türkiye) between 2013 and June 2017, and Board Member of the Turkish Capital Markets Association (TSPB/TCMA) between May 2016 and June 2017.
He was appointed as Borsa İstanbul A.Ş. CEO and Chairman of Takasbank A.Ş. on June 8, 2017.