UIA Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2017

Chiang Mai, Thailand

The UIA cordially invites you to its Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2017.

For over 100 years the UIA has been working to promote and facilitate the work of international associations.

The UIA Associations Round Table is an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice:

  • meet representatives of other international associations and share experience and knowledge
  • gain practical skills and tools to help you do your work better

This year the Round Table Asia-Pacific will take place Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Please join us!

L'UAI vous invite cordialement à sa Table Ronde d'Associations Asie-Pacifique 2017.

Depuis 100 ans, L'UAI a oeuvré à promouvoir et faciliter le travail des associations internationales.

La Table Ronde d'Associations de l'UAI est l'occasion d'apprendre au travers d'échanges et par la pratique:

  • rencontrez des représentants d'autres associations internationales et partagez expérience et connaissance
  • acquérez des compétences pratiques et des outils qui vous aideront à améliorer votre travail

Cette année la Table Ronde en Asie-Pacifique aura lieu le jeudi 21 et vendredi 22 septembre à Chiang Mai, Thaïlande. Afin de répondre aux besoins d'une variété d'associations internationales la langue utilisée sera l'anglais. Soyez les bienvenus !

What participants say about the UIA Associations Round Table

At UIA we consider a Round Table a success if the participants go home with new ideas, with increased motivation, and with names of people with whom they want to stay in touch. What do the participants say?

“I am still buzzing from the whole experience and have come back to work this week with a renewed determination and belief in the power of associations.”

- Chloe Menhinick, Network Engagement Manager, International Water Association

"I have gained more from the Round Table in terms of networking and opening up opportunities than I had expected."

- Sally Kendall, International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research

“It was another great occasion to meet and learn from my peers. Thank you for arranging it so well! I enjoyed every moment.”

- Felicitas Wressnig, World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

UIA Associations Round Tables: What, where, why? from World of Associations News, April 2016

UIA Associations Round Tables: since 2007 from World of Associations News, December 2016

List of the participating associations 2009-2016

Registration is now open. If you would like an invitation, please contact nancy@uia.org

Thursday 21 September

14.00-14.30 Registration and welcome refreshments

Opening keynote: “Is your association ‘political’?”
Presented by Cyril Ritchie, President of UIA - Union of International Associations

followed by a panel of associations:

  • Arundhuti Gupta, Mentor Together
  • Lauren Ila Misiaszek, World Council of Comparative Education Societies
  • Margareth Sembiring, Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia
  • Kathryn Stewart, International Council on Alcohol, Drugs & Traffic Safety
  • Marisha Wojciechowska-Shibuya, UIA
  • Ping Ping Worakate Thangsurbkul, World Peace Initiative
16.00-16.30 Refreshments

Case studies: associations share their experience in meeting challenges

Harnessing the power of technology for program delivery towards greater impact, presented by Arundhuti Gupta, Founder and CEO of Mentor Together

Staying alive, with or without funding, presented by Margareth Sembiring, Senior Analyst at Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia

Fostering global participation in an international organization, presented by Kathryn Stewart, President of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS)

Followed by dinner hosted by Rati Lanna Riverside Spa Resort

Friday 22 September


Case studies: associations share their experience in meeting challenges

Your Organization in the Communication Age: What is Your Story?, presented by Marisha B. Wojciechowska-Shibuya, Active Member of UIA

Getting accredited by UN bodies: why do it, how to do it, and what are the consequences?, presented by Cyril Ritchie, President of CoNGO - Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

Finding, training, retaining, and keeping track of thousands of volunteers, presented by Ping Ping Worakate Thangsurbkul, Co-Founder and CEO of World Peace Initiative

10.30-11.00 Refreshments
11.00-12.30 Closing keynote: "Creating shared value in the civil sector"
Presented by Arundhuti Gupta, Founder and CEO of Mentor Together
Followed by lunch hosted by Le Meridien Chiang Mai
14.00-16.30 Optional: a choice of four tours. See the tab "Extra activities" for more information.

Cyril Ritchie

President of CoNGO - the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (2011-2018)

President of the Council of Europe Expert Council on NGO Law (since 2008)

Senior Policy Advisor of WFC - World Future Council (since 2012)

Chair of ELCI - Environment Liaison Centre International (since 2000)

President of UIA - Union of International Associations (since 2017)

Titular of the World Order of the Smile (since 1979)

President of FIIG - Federation of Semi-Official and Private International Institutions established in Geneva (since 1978)

President of ICSFD - International Civil Society Forum for Democracy (2006)

Chair of WOCSOC - World Conference on Civil Society (1999)

Executive Director of ICVA - International Council of Voluntary Agencies (1964-1978 and 1990-1991)

Kathryn Stewart

President, International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS)

ICADTS is an independent nonprofit body whose only goal is to reduce mortality and morbidity brought about by misuse of alcohol and drugs by operators of vehicles in all modes of transport. Our strength is our ability to share information from country to country – learning from each other and promoting the adoption of effective strategies internationally. But how does an organization with a very small budget engage members, recruit participants from countries around the world and enhance interaction? How do we bring young researchers on-board? Our efforts are supported by our international meetings, but how do we persuade members and others to invest the time and money required to attend? These and other issues will be discussed with examples of challenges and strategies for success.

Kathryn Stewart is President of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety and a founding partner in Safety and Policy Analysis International. She serves as the Director for the Dissemination and Diffusion of Science-Based Prevention at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, California. She has broad experience in research and evaluation related to the prevention of problems related to substance use, with a special emphasis on drug and alcohol impaired driving and alcohol policy. She was senior advisor to the International Center for Alcohol Policies for its impaired driving projects in low and middle income countries. She is the editor of the ICADTS Reporter and previously served as Chair of the Committee on Alcohol, Other Drugs and Transportation of the Transportation Research Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Ping Ping Worakate

Managing Director and Co-founder of World Peace Initiative Foundation established in Thailand since 2010 and in the UK since 2012. WPI has 608 representatives in 120 countries and has carried out online and offline events in 156 countries by volunteer.

Ping Ping initiated the flagship project, Peace Revolution, a free online self-empowerment platform, that now has 99,588 online members from 236 countries and territories.

Marisha B. Wojciechowska-Shibuya

Marisha has 25 years of international experience in water resources policy and environmental affairs for a broad client-base of multilateral agencies and civil society institutions. Prior assignments include acting as the Lead Writer for the final report of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) and as a Communication Specialist for the Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank; she was the Senior Project Coordinator for the UN-Water Country Briefs project, a UN-Water project funded by the United States Department of State; International Advisor to the secretariats of the Japan Water Forum (JWF) and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF). She has published numerous books and articles, and has lived and worked in Asia since 2005.

Margareth Sembiring

Margareth Sembiring is a Senior Analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies.

Her research interests are in energy and environment-related issues.

She has been involved in a number of research projects including nuclear energy development in Southeast Asia, transboundary haze pollution in ASEAN, and Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. She was also involved in the drafting of the 2015 ASEAN Socio-Cultural (ASCC) Scorecard. Her work has appeared in a number of newspapers such as the Straits Times and the Jakarta Post.

Margareth has a background in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, a masters’ degree in Defence Management from the Indonesian Defense University, and a masters’ degree in International Peace and Security from the King’s College London during which she was a Chevening Scholar.

She is part of the Secretariat of the Non-Traditional Security Asia (NTS-Asia) Consortium, a network of non-traditional security research institutes and think tanks launched in 2007. The NTS-Asia Consortium Secretariat is based at the RSIS, the place where she works.

Arundhuti Gupta

Arundhuti is the Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Together, an non-profit organisation providing one-to-one mentoring relationships for young people from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage in India. Mentor Together has worked with over 3500 young people to date, over 6 cities and 4 rural populations, making it the largest one-to-one youth mentorship organization in India. Mentor Together's partners include NGOs like Magic Bus and the Foundation for Excellence, as well as large Corporates like Cognizant, IBM, Intel, Amdocs and others.

Prior to starting Mentor Together, Arundhuti did her Master's in Finance as a Commonwealth Scholar in the University of Manchester.

Arundhuti is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and also served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for India.

Sample link to a Colorox biography: Cyril Ritchie

Chris Champion
BE (Hons1) MEngSc GradDipMgmt

Secretary-General, International Federation of Municipal Engineering
Director International, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia
Director, Chris Champion Consulting Pty Ltd

Chris Champion has 30 years experience in Local Government and 15 years in Association Management.

He was appointed Secretary General of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering in 2015 which represents some 20 countries globally.

He was Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) for 15 years since the year 2000. He has now taken on a more international role with IPWEA as Director International.

Chris led IPWEA to become recognised internationally as leaders in the implementation of sustainable approaches to infrastructure asset management and financial planning. IPWEA researches, develops and delivers training, publications and other capacity building initiatives to public works professionals for their continued professional development.

Chris holds formal tertiary qualifications in Engineering, Management and Internet Marketing. In 2009, he was awarded the James Hill Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.

He is a Past President (2006-2009) and a Director (since 2004) of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering. He has recently been re-appointed by the US Federal Highways (FHWA) to their Asset Management Expert Task Group (to 2016). Chris is also Managing Director of Chris Champion Consulting Pty Ltd.

Chris was awarded Emeritus Membership of IPWEA in 2013. He has been a regular inclusion in Engineers Australia list of Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia since its inception in 2004.

Yashna Batra

Founder of “Selflessly Yours”, an initiative to bring together like-minded youth and members of society to highlight the issues affecting under privileged and marginalized children, to spread awareness regarding measures and efforts to end violence against children in general and specifically amongst those belonging to lower strata, and to be a medium of connectivity among other NGOs with similar objectives.

Founder of “Buddy Building Club”, a mentoring program for underprivileged children by high school students and professionals from diverse fields including entrepreneurs and social welfare workers.

Founder of “Peace Gong – Haryana State Chapter”, a children's newspaper aimed at giving young people a platform to write and develop understanding of issues of social concern, with workshops to train rural children in reporting, writing and editing for newspapers and thereby provided them opportunities to develop their communicative, semiotic and cultural skills along with critical thinking abilities.

Research Assistant on the Missing Child Alert (MCA) Project initiated by SAIEVAC (South Asian Initiative to End Violence against Children), a regional inter-governmental body comprising of 8 South Asian Nations. The project aims to map legal provisions with respect to trafficking in the eight South Asian nations and create an action plan for greater co-operation in the region.

Member of the Student Committee of the Kumaon Literary Festival (KLF)

Hemant K Batra

Secretary General, SAARCLAW (South Asian Association for Regional Co-Operation)
Founder & Lead Partner, Kaden Boriss Legal

  • Specialist Corporate, Commercial & Business Lawyer with over 25 years’ experience, with practice concentrated across the Globe in general, specifically in India and UAE
  • Founder of Kaden Boriss, a global corporate/commercial law firm having presence in Australia, India and UAE
  • Awarded with the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Seva Medal by the Gandhi Global Foundation
  • Associated with various projects of UN, UNDP, UNAIDS, UN-ESCAP, ADB and IDLO
  • Chair of the South Asia Committee of Indian National Bar Association
  • Mentor at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
  • Director, South Asia Region on the Advisory Group of the World NGO Day Initiative (WND) based in London
  • Visiting Guest Speaker to various international universities and institutions
  • Winner of England’s Corporate-INTL Lawyer Award for the years 2014, 2015 & 2016
  • Has spoken as a Speaker at more than 200 international conferences, seminars and workshops on varied topics of commercial/corporate law importance
  • Has been widely reported in various sections of print and electronic media including India Today, Outlook, Financial Express, The Hindu, CNBC, Zee etc. Most of these coverages are available on the web/internet.

Hemant Batra has successfully executed diverse domestic and global assignments such as mergers, acquisitions, cross border transactions & investments, joint ventures, corporate compliance, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, commercial agreements, transactional documentation, private equity, regulatory work, agreements, anti-corruption, anti-bribery compliance, legal auditing etc. governed by corporate, commercial laws, FDI, trade and economic laws.

He is also fond of writing & speaking on current topics of importance be it on legal or policy or economic issues. He is well acclaimed legal commentator & writer.

He has travelled extensively around the world including America, Australia, Austria, Bhutan, China, Czech Republic, Dubai, England, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Kuwait, Italy, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Turkey and Thailand.

Octavio "Bobby" Peralta

Secretary General, Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)
President & CEO, Philippine Council of Associations & Association Executives (PCAAE)

Mr. Peralta, Filipino, is presently the Secretary General of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), the focal point of 102 development banks and other financial institutions engaged in sustainable development financing in 40 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region.

He is also concurrently the Secretary General of the World Federation of Development Financing Institutions (WFDFI), the umbrella organization of 328 development banks in 154 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East.

As a long-standing member of and contributor to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and an advocate for the continuing professionalization of association governance and management, he is the Founding Chairman and currently Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE), the national umbrella organization of associations in the country.

He is also a member of the Union of International Associations (UIA).

In these capacities, Mr. Peralta initiated the formation of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO) comprising of same-purposed institutions in Australia, South Korea and the Philippines.

John Peacock

General Manager, Associations Forum

John Peacock, General Manager of Associations Forum Pty Ltd, is one of Australia’s most experienced advisors to associations and charities and is a thought leader for the not-for-profit sector. John, with a BCom (University of NSW), has senior management and Directorship experience in a variety of not-for-profit organisations.

John commenced his career as a professional association manager in 1989 at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and became CEO of a medium sized legal association within 10 years.

Since 2000, John has trained and consulted to hundreds of associations and charities, large and small, on strategic, governance, board effectiveness, operations, restructuring and financial issues. As well as engagement on specific projects, John’s business undertakes whole-of-organisation reviews of associations and charities.

John’s operational specialisation is developing plans that can be translated into actions, budgets and job descriptions. His change specialisation is in the field of mergers of associations.

In 2008, John responded to the Australian Senate Inquiry into NFP Regulation, in 2009 he wrote submissions to the Productivity Commission regarding their Inquiry into the Not-for-Profit sector and in 2012 he wrote submissions to Australian Treasury on the proposed Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. In 2014, he drafted a submission in the Royal Commission on Trade Unions.

John has led the expansion of Associations Forum beyond Australia with conferences, training and consulting. Since 2009, he has spoken at association training events in New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines, India, USA and South Africa.

John Peacock strongly believes that the freedom to associate is a core foundation of democracy. Strong and well-governed associations and charities support their members or their cause, are independent of government and bureaucracy, plus generate jobs for employees and income for suppliers. John welcomes the opportunity to discuss how associations & charities are improving the world – and how to run your organisation to meet its potential.

Clara Fernández López

External Relations Manager of UIA

Clara is a skilled mediator with a training in understanding-based approach to conflict. As an independent consultor, she supports academic and professional publishing houses, organizations and academic institutions in diverse areas of company strategy, publishing, marketing and in international relations development.

Clara joined the Union of International Associations as External Relations Manager in 2011. In her role as Publisher, Managing Director and Member of the Management Board with various international publishing and media companies such as K. G. Saur in Germany, Gale in the U.S., Thomson Learning in U.K. and De Gruyter in Germany, from 1988 to 2011 she was the Publisher of UIA’s "Yearbook of International Organizations".

Since 1998,Clara is a Lecturer in Media Sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany.

Laura Lopez

Director of Strategic Publications, Communications and Advocacy
UN-ESCAP – the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Laura Lopez is currently the director of Strategic Publications, Communications and Advocacy of the Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), based in Bangkok. She began her career as a journalist based in various parts of Latin America, as a foreign correspondent for TIME Magazine, reporting on economic, social and cultural stories. In 1997 she joined the United Nations and first worked at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), based in Santiago, Chile, as Information Services Chief, then Director of the Documents and Publications Division, and eventually as Secretary of the Commission. Ms. Lopez moved to ESCAP in 2011 as Chief of Staff, before taking on her role as head of strategic communications.

Esther Chong

Assistant Executive Director, Corporate Services of Singapore Business Federation (SBF)

Ms Esther Chong, Assistant Executive Director, Corporate Services of Singapore Business Federation (SBF). Concurrently, she is also the General Manager of SBF Foundation. She was instrumental in the formation of the SBF Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character.

Prior to joining SBF in 2011, Ms Chong served 13 years in the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises where she held several positions and led the Food Services Business Unit, Employment Assistance Unit and Finance.

Ms Chong graduated from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with a Bachelor in Business Studies. She received her Master in Business Administration (with distinction) from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (UB) in 2012. She was the recipient of the 2012 Singapore Institute of Management-UB Award for Academic Excellence.

Ryan Brubaker

Web developer and database programmer, UIA

Ryan has worked with the Union of International Associations since 2011. He is responsible for the user interface of UIA's databases, the ongoing development of its website and the visual identity of the organization. He also provides regular training sessions on the use of UIA's Yearbook of International Organizations and International Congress Calendar digital publications.

Before joining UIA, Ryan ran a communications design studio crafting online identities for associations and small businesses. Its principle designers were most often collaborating between Belgium and Alaska, 10 time-zones apart. He now works from both Brussels, Belgium and a small mountain town in the United States.

Rakesh Soans

President, FSL- India

Mr. Soans is a corporate philanthropist and an ardent supporter of international volunteerism. He is passionate about inter-cultural learning and feels that every youth should get an opportunity to experience it. In mid-nineties he did his inter-cultural leaning and voluntary service in Denmark and since then he is in the development sector with varied capacity. In 2003, he was inducted to FSL-India and since then has been leading the organisation as President. He has expanded the work of FSL India. Due to his dynamic leadership with conviction and commitment, over the years FSL-India has grown to a new height with national and international reputation.

He introduced structural changes and developed new programs in youth focussed Inbound, and Outbound Programs. He introduced self-funded home based projects with primary focus on sustainable development and environment conservation. Right now the organization has 52 full time staff and involves more than 2000 national and international youth annually in various short and long term projects.

Besides, his role as Chief Functionary of the organisation, he leads FSL-India team in vision building, policy and program development, liaison and network with national and international stakeholders, capacity development and training. He also serves as the Vice President (Development and Fundraising) of CCIVS since 2014. He has been networking between different networks like, NVDA, Alliance, CCIVS, WYSTC and Experiment in Living to have a maximum reach for the organization programs. Through which he is helping the organization to liaison with more than 80 organizations world wide offering programs of various kinds.

The Round Table takes place at:

Le Méridien Chiang Mai
108 Chang Klan Road
Tambol Chang Klan, Muang
Chiang Mai, 50100
Tel: +6653-253-666

How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok

By Air (1 hour from Bangkok)

Domestic airlines (Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Air Asia, Orient Thai Airlines and Nok Air ) operate serveral daily flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. A one-way flight takes about one hour. There are also regular domestic flights between Chiang Mai and other major cities in Thailand and international flights to and from some major Asian destinations.

From Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) to Chiang Mai (CNX)

From Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) to Chiang Mai (CNX)

By Bus (10-11 hours from Bangkok)

Several ordinary and air-conditioned buses leaving daily from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (also known as Mo Chit) on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road. Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 is located on Kaeonawarat Road, Chiang Mai.

By Rail (11-12 hours from Bangkok)

Express and rapid trains leave for Chiang Mai from Hualamphong Station several times daily and the trip takes about 11-12 hours for express trains. Bangkok Train Station is located on Rong Mueang Road, Bangkok. Chiang Mai Train Station is located on Charoen Muang Road, Chiang Mai.

The Round Table takes place at:

Le Méridien Chiang Mai
108 Chang Klan Road
Tambol Chang Klan, Muang
Chiang Mai, 50100
Tel: +6653-253-666
E-mail: reservations.chiangmai@lemeridien.com

Our hosts at Thailand Convention and Exhibitions Bureau have arranged special rates at 6 hotels.

Hotel name Duration Room Type and Price Link for booking Benefit
Superior Deluxe Type อื่นๆ
Le Meridien Chiang Mai Hotel 18 - 25 Sep - Deluxe 4,800 baht net / night (single)

4,800 baht net / night (double)
Urban city 4,800 baht net/ night (single)

4,800 baht net / night (double)
Reserve Breakfast and WIFI included
Shangri la Hotel Chiang Mai 18 - 25 Sep - Deluxe 3,500 baht net (single)

4,000 baht net (double)
Premier 4,200 baht net (single)

4,700 baht net (double)
Reserve Breakfast and WIFI included
Dusit D2 Chiang Mai 18 - 25 Sep - Deluxe 3,000 baht net / night (single)

3,000 baht net / night (double)
- Reserve Breakfast and WIFI included
Holiday Inn Chiang Mai 18 - 25 Sep Superior 2,300 baht net / night (single)

2,300 baht net / night (double)
Deluxe 2,600 baht net / night (single)

2,600 baht net / night (double)
- Reserve Breakfast and WIFI included
Shuttle bus to and from Le Meridien
Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai 18 - 25 Sep Superior 1,700 baht net / night (single)

1,700 baht net/ night (double)
Deluxe 1,900 baht net / night (single)

1,900 baht net / night (double)
- Reserve Breakfast and WIFI included
Shuttle bus to and from Le Meridien
DusitPrincess Chiang Mai 18 - 25 Sep - Deluxe 2,000 baht net / night (single)

2,000 baht nett / night (double
- Reserve Breakfast and WIFI included

There are many (online) resources should you wish to find other accommodation in Chiang Mai, such as:


UIA is pleased to offer the association delegates to the Round Table some extra activities.

After the Round Table closing lunch, in the afternoon of Friday 22 September, a choice of four tours at no extra charge:

  • Route 1: Highlights of historical Lanna - sorry, fully booked
  • Route 2: Lanna delight - sorry, fully booked
  • Route 3: Enjoy unique Lanna handicrafts - sorry, fully booked
  • Route 4: Mae Ping delight - sorry, fully booked

If you would like to join a tour, let us know and we will put your name on the waiting list.

For more details on these tours, please click here.

On Saturday 23 and following days, a selection of tours at your own cost (special rates for Round Table delegates):

For more details on these tours, please click here.

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Date & Venue

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September

Le Méridien Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand



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