Welcome to the organisation driving an end to silo culture in education, work and society. 

We promote a fluid culture where you can learn, collaborate and contribute freely across multiple fields. 

Born precisely on the 500th death anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci, the DaVinci Network is a global movement designed to explore, optimise and promote many-sided human potential at the individual, organisational and societal levels. 


The world of disciplinary silos is over. The DaVinci Network aims to catalyse a cultural paradigm shift, away from hyper-specialisation and ‘silo culture’, towards the encouragement of connection-making between different fields, disciplines and cultures. We do this through publications, research, events, digital content, consulting, training and media contributions. 

"The DaVinci Network really does uphold the sort of ideas and values that we need very badly right now." 


Gillian Tett 

Chair of the Editorial Board (US), Financial Times 

Author, The Silo Effect

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The Polymath is an exceptionally versatile human who excels in multiple, seemingly unrelated fields. Over history and across the world this fascinating breed has rejected ‘specialisation’ and shown us a more complete way of thinking and being. In doing so, they have shaped our past and will own the future. This seminal book shows how.



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The DaVinci Network leverages the art and science of multi-disciplinary thinking to generate unique insights and creative solutions for corporate, educational and cultural projects worldwide. Learn more about how you and your organisation can benefit.



The DaVinci Network was founded by Waqās Ahmed, a world authority on multi-disciplinary thinking and author of the globally acclaimed book The Polymath (Wiley 2019). With a background in art, science and international affairs, he has been called a “modern renaissance man” by various publications. 


Professor Martin Kemp Appointed Honorary Chair of The DaVinci Network


29th July 2021


Martin Kemp - the world’s leading expert on Leonardo da Vinci - has been appointed Honorary Chair of The DaVinci Network to develop its mission to encourage polymathic thinking among learners and leaders worldwide. 


This is the first major appointment to the education consultancy and content platform since its inception in 2019 on the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. The organisation was established to counter “silo culture” and respond to a growing appetite for multidisciplinary, systems approaches to complex organisational and societal problems. 


Professor Kemp, a British art historian and exhibition curator is currently emeritus professor of art history at the University of Oxford. He is the author of a number of acclaimed books on Leonardo. He has also written extensively about Renaissance culture and the relationship between art and science. 


“Leonardo viewed everything in nature, including human beings, as integral parts of the whole,'' says Martin Kemp. “We need to recapture this kind of wholeness across the specialised ghettos of our thought if we are not to slip blindly into further disasters. It will be an exciting privilege to participate in the DaVinci Network, and my aspiration is to exercise our understanding of Leonardo in the service of our uncertain future.” 


“It is an honour to have Professor Kemp as our inaugural Honorary Chair”, said Waqas Ahmed, Founder of the DaVinci Network. “His involvement is not only apt, but essential,  as we look to inspire a new era of polymatic imagination in education, work and society at large.” 


Professor Kemp will support the strategic plan of The DaVinci Network as it seeks to expand its content and consultancy focus. His involvement in several major initiatives and projects will ensure The DaVinci Network stays true to the genius it was named after as it champions the cause of polymathy and interdisciplinary thinking.