She is only the third woman in the State to hold this top bureaucratic post after Teresa Bhattacharya (2000) and Malati Das (2006). She is also the second woman to concurrently hold the top post in the State with Neelamani N Raju, who is the Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG & IGP).
A 1981-batch IAS officer, Prabha is taking charge from Subhash Chandra Khuntia, whose term ends on November 30.
Four bureaucrats were in the running for the top post—Ratna Prabha, SK Pattanayak, Latha Krishna Rao and TM Vijaya Bhaskar.
With more than 30 years of experience as a civil servant, Prabha served in the departments like commerce and industries and successfully organised global events to boost investment in IT and other sectors of Karnataka.
She was a part of eIndia Summit, 2010 which was held in Hyderabad.
Over the years, eIndia conference has brought together policy makers, experts and industry leaders across India to discuss and deliberate upon various aspects of e-governance and documented their views expressed in the conference as an unique repository on the use of ICT for good governance.