Able Wanamakok

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Able Wanamakok
Able Wanamakok head.jpeg
Born (1980-08-25) August 25, 1980 (age 43)
Other namesHau Yin Wanamakok and Able Fok
Alma mater
  • Find Your Voice Asia
  • Inspired Voices
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Spouse(s)Phuwanai Wanamakok
  • Colin Wanamakok
  • Lincoln Wanamakok
  • Kam Fok (father)
  • Kannie Fok (mother)
RelativesJurgon Fok (Brother)
  • Asia Women Leader 2019 Winner
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Forbes Coaches Council Member 2022
  • Award of Excellence 2003 - Hyatt Regency Columbus

Able Wanamakok (born August 25, 1980) is a Hong Kong native who spent her formative years in the United States and built her career in Thailand. She began her career in mass communications as a news presenter in 2006 and has since expanded her career as an actor, TV show host, emcee, voice-over artist, motivational speaker, and Presenter & Confidence Coach. She founded Find Your Voice Asia in 2017 and took on stages including TEDx and host events for well-known brand names such as Louis Vuitton, HP and DELL.[1]

As a well-known communications expert throughout Asia, Able's past roles include news presenting for PGTV, Andaman News at NBT Phuket, guest hosting for the Thaiger, and hosted various lifestyle TV programs, such as Thailand@Large, Window on Thailand, Thaiger News, and Apple Daily.[2]

As a motivational speaker, she speaks regularly to international companies around the world but enjoys speaking and training most at schools and universities.[3]

Able's impact on her profession and community is significant, having been a member of the Forbes Coaches Council since 2022 and a TEDx speaker. She was named a Paul Harris Fellow for her community work and received the "Asia Women Leader 2019" award from CMO Global as a Woman Entrepreneur. Her contributions have also been recognized in publications like Thailand Tatler and Harper's Bazaar Thailand.[4]

Early life and education

Able was born in Hong Kong, the daughter of Kam Fok and Kannie Fok. In 1991, her family moved to the United States, where she attended Glendale Feilbach (1991–1993), Waterville Middle School (1993–1994), and Wauseon Middle School (1994–1995) before graduating from Wauseon High School in 1999.

Following in her father's footsteps, who was a head chef at Holiday Inn Golden Mile and won several top awards for his culinary achievements, Able started her career in hospitality. She later pursued her studies and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Bowling Green State University in 2003.

During her time at the university, she was selected for a full scholarship under the Asian Studies student exchange program to study at Hiroshima Jogakuin University in Japan from 2001 to 2002. Additionally, she completed an online course in hospitality management from Harvard Business School in 2003.


At the young age of 13, Able began honing her skills as an International Performer and Speaker while working at her parents' restaurant. She gained experience and developed her interpersonal, communication, and social skills by taking on various positions in a restaurant setting.[5]

Upon completing her degree, Able began her professional journey in the hospitality industry as a corporate management trainee at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. She quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Assistant Food and Beverage Manager within just four months of being in the program. After a year in the position, she relocated to Phuket, Thailand, with her husband in 2005.[6]

It was in Thailand that Able's career in mass communications and performing arts began to take off. She was discovered by a casting director while her news program was airing in a hotel lobby and was invited to audition for a role in The Marine 2. She secured the role of news presenter and sales at the Phuket Gazette, where she worked for 4.5 years. Her work in the limelight opened doors for her to work as a master of ceremonies, or MC, hosting live events, conferences, and international shows, and providing voice-over work for numerous local and international companies.[7]

In 2010, Able founded AWPR & Marketing, a PR and marketing company that focused on providing social media marketing and public relations services in Phuket, Thailand.[8]

In 2011, she started reading live news at National Broadcasting Thailand. During her four-year-plus career at NBT, in addition to being a news anchor, Able also hosted the travel shows Thailand@Large and Window on Thailand.[9]

With nearly 20 years of experience in mass communications, Able has hosted various events such as travel shows, galas, award dinners, openings, parties, conferences, diplomatic and state dinners, unions, and more. She has worked alongside well-known celebrities such as Jennifer Kim, Kimmy Anne Woltemas, Page Kennedy, Wu Jing, Two Popetom, and Jason Statham.[10]

In 2017, Able led the founding of Find Your Voice Asia, which aims to provide guidance for improving confidence and presentation skills. Her aim is to guide individuals to communicate honestly and openly from their hearts towards self-awareness. Her clients include other coaches, students, pageants, executives, and anyone who wishes to become the best version of themselves.[11]

Furthermore, she released her first book, Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Great Presenter, in July 2020, which serves as a practical guide for those who aim to improve their communication and confidence skills geared towards helping digital marketers, social media influencers, and content creators.

Able was discovered and entered into the world of acting with her debut in the industry in 2008, playing a small role in the movie Marine 2, starring Ted Dibiase. Her other acting projects include Aleta Vampire and The MEG 2: The Trench.

Awards and recognitions

  • She has been nominated as a Global Women Achiever for 2022 by CMO Global.
  • She has been named the "Asia Women Leader 2019" winner by CMO Global.
  • She is also a member of the Forbes Coaches Council 2022 and a TEDx speaker.
  • Paul Harris Fellow.


  • Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Great Presenter (July 2020)


Year Title Role
2009 The Marine 2 TV Reporter
2019 Aleta: Vampire Mistress FBI Agent Qiao
2023 The Meg 2: The Trench Friend

Personal life

Able resides in Phuket, Thailand. She married her husband Best Wanamakok in 2005, and together they have two children Colin and Lincoln Wanamakok. Outside of her work, Able enjoys watching movies, reading books, yoga & meditation, swimming, rollerblading, and traveling with her family.


In the media



  1. Com, The Phuket News (9 May 2014). "PHUKET EXPOSED: Able Wanamakok". The Phuket News Com. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  2. LLC, Stage 32. "Able Wanamakok - Able's Bio, Credits, Awards, and more". Stage 32. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  3. "Brazilian Model hit Phuket Beach in Katalina Beach Life Swimwear Collection!". FashionOne. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  4. "Able Wanamakok". GoldPoster. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  5. "SETA is Back with Professional Host and MC Able Wanamakok". – Global Travel News and Updates. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  6. "Able Wanamakok (Able Wanamakok) - Фильмы и сериалы". Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  7. "Able Wanamakok介绍_图片_作品-猫眼电影". Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  8. "Phuket City of Gastronomy with Able Wanamakok". – Global Travel News and Updates. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  9. Wanamakok, Able. "Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Great Presenter: Secrets to Success | How to Thrive in the Entertainment Industry". Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  10. "In conversation with Able Wanamakok: The 'No' of kNOwing and caring for self - The 'Inspire your Life' Podcast with Arthi Rabikrisson". Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  11. "Find Your Voice Asia Coach Able and Public Speaking Coaching". – Global Travel News and Updates. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2023.

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