Before joining EPF, Ilyas worked as a Marketing and Communication Manager at ObaNatur, Porsche Azerbaijan, and Mozaik Printing. He holds a BA degree in International Relations from the Academy of Public Administration. His focus areas are designing communication and marketing strategies as well as developing business plans. He also worked as a mentor at Baku Business Factory, an incubation center. Moreover, Ilyas led workshops for youth on communication and social entrepreneurship as a part of Euroschool, Azerbaijan Boys Innovation Camp, Agriculture and Rural Development Support Programme and other projects.