ROLE PLAYERS 2017 - Yuri R. Obst

Yuri R. Obst

Founder & Acting CEO

Yuri Obst, chemical engineer and environmental scientist founded the Baleen filtration and separation technology during his doctorate study while employed at the University of South Australia. During which time Yuri completed some 27-projects spanning Cleaner Production directives prior to taking on the role of Managing Director for Baleen Filters Pty Limited (Baleen).

Baleen, the technology and start-up company of same name, stemmed from these directives in 1999 and with commercial support from the University's incubator program successfully stepped into export markets in 2004. Some 200+ installations involving food & beverage, mining and municipal applications now span Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, and North America.

Yuri's vision of a cleaner, greener future to wastewater infrastructure remains steadfast with Baleen gaining much acclaim and many accolades across the globe. The most notable of achievements being recognition that Baleen's unique approach to 'Ending Marine Pollution' offers 'a Solution to Climate Change'.

During 2016, Yuri was invited to submit advocacies to the G7 (Japan) and G20 (China) meetings and also deliver presentations to the Climate Summit (China), Climate Week (USA) and COP22 (Morocco). Baleen is seeking to help 'community-driven' wastewater re-use projects secure 'necessary finance' and 'offtake guarantees' for eco-social gain.