Hikmet is a licensed auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Auditing Professional, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor, with more than fourteen years of experience in professional practice. Hikmet has experience in audit and consulting assignments of a broad range of industries. He led the audits of a number of large companies and financial institutions including the Central Bank of Azerbaijan and transnational corporations such as Halliburton, Hyatt and Schlumberger. Hikmet acted as an audit principal on a great number of engagements with the public sector entities including audits of projects funded by the United Nations Organisations agencies including the World Bank Group. He served as a member of the supervisory board of a microfinance institution and currently is a chairman of the audit committee of a commercial bank.