He was born in Şanlıurfa, Akçakale in 1971.
Having finished his elementary and secondary education in Adana, Pozantı, he graduated from Eskişehir Railway Vocational High School in 1987; and from Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 1992 to become an Electrical Engineer. He completed his master’s degree on Urban Systems and Transportation Management.
Metin AKBAŞ, who started his career at the General Directorate of State Railways of the Republic of Turkey in 1987, has served as a civil servant, Trakya Region Head Telecommunication Engineer, Supervising Engineer, Istanbul Suburban Service (Founding) Director, 1st Region Deputy Director, and 1st Region Director at the same institution respectively until the start of 2015.
He served as the Deputy General Director at General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments under the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure between March 2015-May 2016, and then as the Acting General Director between May 2016-August 2016.
On 01 September 2016, he was appointed as the Deputy General Director of the General Directorate of Istanbul Water and Sewage Administration (ISKI) under Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. On 2 August 2019, he resigned from his post as the Deputy General Director of ISKI at his own request.
Metin AKBAŞ, who started to serve as the Deputy General Director of TCDD on 29 January 2020, became the General Director and Vice President of the Executive Board of TCDD on 14 September 2021.