Shahin Vallée

Senior Fellow Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • European Union
  • European Economic Affairs
  • Euro Area
  • International Policy Coordination


English, French, Portuguese



Shahin Vallée was until June 2018 a Senior Economist for Soros Fund Management and personal advisor to George Soros, where he worked on a wide range of political and economic issues. Prior to this role, he was the economic advisor to Emmanuel Macron at the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance where he worked specifically on European economic affairs. Between 2012 and 2014, he was the economic advisor to the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. As such, since 2012 he has been at the heart of European economic policy discussions, in particular on issues related to the euro area and international policy coordination (IMF, G20). Prior to that, he worked both as a Visiting Fellow at Bruegel and as an economist for a global investment bank in London but he started his career working for social investment vehicles and entrepreneurship in Africa.

He holds a Masters from Columbia University in New York, a Public Affairs Degree from Sciences Po in Paris, and an undergraduate econometrics degree from La Sorbonne and is currently completing a PhD in Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is fluent in French and English, has a conversational level in Portuguese and can read Spanish.


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Selected Publications

ECB’s Easing Package Is a Call for European Fiscal Reform
by Shahin Vallée
DGAPstandpunkt 25 (September 2019), 2 pp.
ECB’s Easing Package Is a Call for European Fiscal Reform
Europe’s economic policy is currently being held hostage by incoherent decisions, which are not only crippling the euro area’s economy but also threatening global recovery. The ECB needs to admit that it cannot meet its mandate without fiscal support. In return, Germany needs to accept that true reform of Europe’s fiscal framework cannot take place without a real conversation about its debt brake policy, the schuldenbremse, and its balanced budget policy, the schwarze null.
Category: Economy and Finance, Europe
The Unraveling of the Shanghai “Deal”
US-China Trade-cum-Currency Conflict comes to Europe
by Shahin Vallée
DGAPviewpoint 21 (August 2019), 2 pp.
The Unraveling of the Shanghai “Deal”
The trade conflict between the US and China has now clearly escalated into the currency realm. This will force Europe to respond to avert being the “variable of adjustment” for an economic conflict from which it cannot remain an innocent bystander.
Category: Economy and Currency, Trade, China, United States of America