Murat Çetinkaya

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Murat Çetinkaya
Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey
Assumed office
April 19, 2016
Preceded byErdem Başçı
Succeeded byMurat Uysal
Personal details
Born1976 (age 42–43)
Çorlu, Tekirdağ Province, Turkey
Alma materBoğaziçi University
OccupationCivil servant

Murat Çetinkaya (born 1976) is an economist, who was Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey from April 2016 to July 2019. He is the first central-bank governor to be fired in Turkey since the 1981 military coup.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Çorlu, Tekirdağ Province in 1976. He is of mixed Albanian and Turkish origin. After finishing high school in Tekirdağ, Murat Çetinkaya was educated in International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.[2][3][4]


Çetinkaya began his banking career at Albaraka Türk, where he served in several positions in the departments of foreign transactions, treasury and corresponding banks. In 2003, he transferred to state-owned Halk Bankası. He worked in international banking and structured finance departments, and was ultimately promoted to vice general manager of the bank. From 2006 on, he served as board member of the Halk Investment and Security Bank, a subsidiary of the Halk Bankası. By January 2008, he joined Kuwait Türk Bank, where he became vice general manager responsible for treasury, international finance and investment banking.[2][3][4]

Çetinkaya was appointed vice governor of the Central Bank of Turkey on June 29, 2012.[4] On April 19, 2016, he succeeded Erdem Başçı as governor of the Central Bank, who retired after completing his five-year official term.[3]


  1. ^ "Recep Tayyip Erdogan sacks the head of Turkey's central bank". The Economist. 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Merkez Bankasının Başındaki İsim Tekirdağlı ..." Tekirdağ Net Haber (in Turkish). 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  3. ^ a b c Karanfil, Neşe (2016-04-12). "Erdem Başçı'nın yerine Merkez Bankası'nın başına Murat Çetinkaya geliyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  4. ^ a b c "Murat Çetinkaya - Başkan Yardımcısı" (PDF) (in Turkish). TCMB. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
Government offices
Preceded by
Erdem Başçı
Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey
April 19, 2016 – July 5, 2019
Succeeded by
Murat Uysal