Last time this website was updated: 29 April 2024




Welcome to my website, my name is Lúcio Vinhas de Souza. I am an economist and my work is concentrated on global macroeconomics and international monetary and financial economics. I have a global and extensive work experience, from the developed economies of the European Union, the US and North Asia, to all Developing regions, from Africa to Asia, Latin America and the former planned economies of Eurasia.

I hold B.A. and M.Sc. degrees in economics by the Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, the NOVA in Lisbon, Portugal (I was also a proud donor to the new NOVA campus), and a Ph.D. in economics by the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

I am currently a Visiting Professor at Brandeis University, a Fellow at Harvard University, and a Board Member of the National Economists Club in Washington, D.C.. Until 2023 I was an Advisor to the leadership of the European External Action Service, the EU’s joint Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defense (the U.S. analog would be the Departments of State and Defense), where I dealt with, e.g., international economic and financial matters, including EU sanctions on Russia for its illegal invasion of Ukraine. Before that, I led the Economics Department of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC/IDEA), an internal advisory body to the European Commission (EC) President (the U.S. analog would be the Council of Economic Advisers). In this position, I coordinated analysis and supported the definition and implementation of all matter of policies for the EC President and his Cabinet, including among others, “EU-Asia Connectivity”, the predecessor of the EU’s “Global Gateway”, the EU’s Banking Union and Capital Markets Union, the EU Budget, and the influential “5 Presidents Report” blueprint for reform of the euro area. Prior to that, I was Managing Director and Chief Economist at Moody’s, the second largest rating agency in the world.

Before joining Moody's, I was at the World Bank headquarters in D.C., where I worked in several subjects, from the euro area to China and Kazakhstan, and prior to that I was Head for Russia and Belarus and coordinator for the Western countries of “The Commonwealth of Independent States” (a loose and partial successor to the Soviet Union) at the EC’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (The EC’s “Ministry of Economy and Finance”). I joined the EC from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany, but my first job as an economist was at the United Nations.

I am also currently a member of the advisory board of the John F. Welch College of Business and Technology at the Sacred Heart University in the U.S., and I was also a Fellow at the ECARES-Free University of Brussels, a Visiting Researcher at the Central Banks of Estonia and Germany, and a member of the Managing Board of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies.

If you want a *.pdf version of my CV, please go here. Links to many of my works and activities are also to be found in this website.


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