Passionate about youth empowerment and community development Ilkin works to improve socio-economic participation of IDPs living in peri-urban and rural areas of Azerbaijan. He currently works as a Business Coach and Trainer for the program titled `Economic and Social Participation of Displaced Persons and Local Population in the Caucasus Program – EPIC – implemented by GIZ. He holds an MA in Social Anthropology (Specialization: Development Studies, Migration&Forced Migration) from the Australian National University. As a member of UN Youth Advisory Council, he advises the UNCT on the strategic opportunities and necessary actions for addressing adolescent and youth issues and advocate for the youth responsive approach in the UN Development. In his more than 6 years of academic and professional experience, he designed and executed dozens of community development projects. Ilkin is also UN SDSN Local Pathways Fellow and Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellow. At the same time, as freelance researcher, trainer, and community development specialist, he is providing consultancy to various governmental, international, non-governmental and business organizations.