Bercan Günel
managing partner

An original thinker in the field of transformation and a strategical sparring partner on leadership.

Bercan is a trusted advisor for many CEOs and business leaders who are committed to getting the best out of their teams, and for leaders who appreciate reflection and direct, unconventional and effective feedback.

Bercan Günel is an acknowledged advocate of gender diversity at the executive level, and of more cultural diversity in society. Not because it is fashionable or politically correct, but because it’s a proven success factor and should be a self-evident priority for any heathy business strategy. Recently, she has published her book on leadership and diversity: “We hebben al een vrouw” (We have one woman already) focusing on the best practices and pitfalls in the implementation of diversity.


Bercan was born in Istanbul, Turkey. After studying business economics at Bosphorus University, she worked as a financial specialist at Arthur Andersen – initially in Istanbul and from 1989 in Amsterdam. After several years as CFO at Nozema, Managing Director at Interboor, CFO at Brunel International, Managing Director at Schoevers Professionals and Managing Partner at Woman Capital, she founded NGL International, where she focuses on her Consultancy, Executive Search and Executive Coaching activities.

In addition to her role as Managing Partner at NGL International, Bercan is a member of the supervisory board of Dolmans Group and De Balie, and  she is one of the shareholders of High Quality Recruitment. She is also involved in several social organisations such as NL2025, the Foundation for Natural Leadership and the Giving Back Foundation.

Citizen of the world

Bercan is also a true explorer at heart. She likes to explore boundaries, as that is where enlightenment is found. For example, she regularly organizes leadership journeys to Bhutan. You are welcome to join her on a truly spiritual journey into the heart of this magnificent country.

And she’ll always say yes to a good wine tasting. Beware: she is quite spoiled when it comes to wine and good food. But, you can make her happy with a nice Burgundy wine with a piece of 48-month-old Comté.