Romain Lucas Glèlè Kakaï

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

University of Abomey-Calavi (Bénin)

Natural ressources management

Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest estimations, University of Abomey-Calavi, 04 BP 1525, Cotonou, Bénin.


Pr Romain Lucas Glèlè Kakaï is Professor of Biostatistics and Forestry, Head of the Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest estimations and Coordinator of the Master Program in Biostatistics at the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi (Republic of Benin). He obtained his Engineer degree in Forestry in 2000 and MSc and PhD in Biometrics at the Gembloux agricultural university (Belgium) in 2001 and 2005 respectively. His research interests are subdivided in four main points: i) Linear and generalized linear mixed models; ii) non linear models; iii) forest dynamics modeling; iv) assessment of natural forest structure and iv) study on the potential of NTFPs in increasing rural populations livelihood conditions. He has been young affiliate (2011-2015) of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), young scientist of the World Economic Forum (2012) and member of the Advisory committee of AGNES (African-German Network of Excellence in Science). His research activities yield so far (2016) 134 scientific papers in international journals, 4 books and many edited communications. Moreover, he obtained several prizes in his carrer: “Biometrie 88” in Belgium (2002), “Jan tinbergen”, International Statistical Institute (2005), “Heinz and Johannes” in ecology, Support Africa International (2007) and Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2007).

Awards & Affiliations


Prize "Heinz and Johannes", in ecology, 2007 of the Support Africa International

Prize “Jan Tinbergen”, 2005 of young statistician of developing countries

Prize “Biométrie 88”, 2002, Belgium

Young Scientist of the World Economic Forum, 2012

Young Affiliate of The World Academy of Sciences